The Nevada Gaming Commission has approved new safety guidelines. These will lead the way for the state’s 400+ casinos in Las Vegas, Reno and other cities to begin reopening.
Some of the new guidelines for casinos will include:
- Casino operators can utilize headcounts by security personnel, existing surveillance systems, and slot accounting systems to ensure a 50% occupancy limit.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are to be available to all casino employees and patrons.
- A floor plan for gaming machines must create proper social distancing between players. Chairs and stools in front of every other gaming machines can be removed so that patrons do not sit next to each other. Employees will be assigned to make sure guests do not congregate in groups.
- Plans must address how gaming machines, devices, chairs, and other ancillary equipment will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.
- Seating will be reduced at gaming tables. Player limits should be three players per blackjack table, six players per craps table, four players per roulette table, and four players per poker table. Casino supervisors and managers must ensure that patrons do not congregate in groups around gaming tables. Hand sanitizers should be available to patrons.
- Plans should ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of table games, rails, chairs, dice, card shoes, shufflers, roulette wheels, Pai Gow tiles, pit podiums, blackjack discard holders, and toke boxes when a new player or employee comes into contact with any of the gaming equipment. Plans should also address how to disinfect cards and chips.
- Customers cannot congregate in groups inside race and sportsbooks, keno lounges, and bingo halls. Plans must address how the areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis.
In taverns with bar-top slot machines, operators must remove every other bar stool to ensure proper social distancing among patrons. A game’s bill and ticket validator may be covered so patrons don’t use that machine. A tavern may not exceed more than 50% of its total capacity at any time.
Click here for a PDF of the entire list.
“These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures,” Gaming Control Board Chairwoman Sandra Morgan said. “We are confident that these policies are sound, not only for our licensees, but for our employees and guests.”
Hotel casinos have further guidelines in place for the “hotel” portion of their businesses.
The first phase of Las Vegas reopening begins on May 9th, but the casinos are not included in that phase. Still, having the guidelines are the first step in their eventually reopening their doors.
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