Now there is a new normal, visitors and residents in Las Vegas should get ready to cover up.

In early June 2020, Las Vegas reopened after a 2 ½ months shutdown. Masks were optional for guests. Now there is a new directive. Visitors and residents in Las Vegas need to cover up. 

Following guidelines from health officers, Nevada Governor, Steve Sisolak has mandated that people cover their mouths and noses whenever in public spaces, such as businesses, casinos, and hotels. There are exemptions for persons with certain medical conditions and children below two years. This order becomes effective on June 26th, 2020. That means guests visiting the many hotels and casinos in Vegas they must wear either a face covering, face shield or mask except when eating or drinking.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has also tightened the rules for both casino operators and the patrons. Dealers and other casino employees are now required to wear masks or face shields at all times, especially at table games, where there is no barrier between the dealer and the players. Guests must be offered a face-covering upon entering the property or have signs throughout the establishment, informing guests that face coverings are available. MGM Resorts has installed plexiglass partitions at its tables, and, in some cases, at its bar-top video poker machines.

Caesars Entertainment has launched its own mask rules. As the rules became effective, as guards handed out masks at the entrance of all Caesars properties in Las Vegas. Patrons must have face coverings at all times except while eating, drinking, or smoking. There are notices everywhere reminding people to wear masks—the Caesar statue at the entrance to Caesars Palace sports a gold mask. Also, the five casinos (Flamingo, Caesars Palace, The Linq, Paris, and Harrah's) owned by Caesars Entertainment have launched a promotion that encourages guests to wear masks. It is rewarding guests with $20 for just putting on a mask while gambling or walking around the casino floor.

Other casino operators in Las Vegas such as Wynn Resorts issued statements supporting the wearing of masks inside casinos.

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