Casino operators in the United States are eager to reopen and are beginning to signal in this direction, as the coronavirus pandemic shows a slight decline in the rate of infection and some governors have said they will be opening their respective states.
Las Vegas Sands’ Venetian Resort Las Vegas this week revealed that it is working on reopening plans, ensuring the safety of its clients. When directed by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, the casino will relaunch its operations. When they return to their facilities, the casino said, visitors will find a different place than they knew before it closed its doors in the first half of march.
The Venetian Cleanup Commitment consists of 800 different initiatives to ensure permanent hygiene and disinfection of property in which “meet or exceed regulatory requirements and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.”
Both staff and guests will be subjected to strict “discreet and non-invasive” temperature controls through thermal cameras on each door. In addition, guests may use personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks that cover the mouth and nose only.
Likewise, the floor plans of the property have been modified to ensure that social distancing measures are properly complied with. This includes the space between the restaurant tables and in the slot machine game rooms. Table games will only allow a maximum of three chairs and every two hours at least the casino chips will be disinfected.
The Wynn Resorts has announced that it has identical plans. Wynn, Sands and MGM Resorts already have the experience of reopening their casinos in Macau after being closed for 15 days in February, perhaps giving them an advantage over their rivals.
Penn National Gaming (PNG) has added plexiglass ‘sneeze shields’ to all gaming tables, reports say. At Louisiana’s PNG Margaritaville Resort Casino, players remain separated from dealers by Plexiglas. Beneath is a space through which only the exchange of cards and tokens is allowed. There are also barriers between each player.
The reopening will still have to wait a few weeks
The Nevada Gaming Control Board last week released a guide for casino operators specifying the steps to take during restarting operations.
Already several Nevada casinos have been making room reservations since May 15. While Wynn Las Vegas has reservations scheduled for May 22.
Although at the moment they are only hypothetical deadlines.
This Thursday, April 30, the current closing order expires in the state of Nevada. However, Governor Sisolak has been more cautious and stated that he hopes to see the behavior of the Covid-19 outbreak for at least about 14 days, before opening the state.
Nevada health officials on Tuesday reported 115 new cases of coronavirus, this heralds that there will be a necessary extension of the containment measures.
Sisolak declared Monday that his state intends to join California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, in what has been called the ‘Pact of Western States’, to work together to combat the virus and share information related to reopening policies and results.
In other casino states, the measures being taken are much more aggressive. In Idaho the Couer d’Alene casino is scheduled to open its doors for limited operations this friday and in Montana the casinos will open on monday.