The Park MGM Resort in Las Vegas made headlines twice this summer. The first time was when there were rumors that the resort would re-open as the first 100% smoke-free hotel and casino. The second time, a few months later, was when it was confirmed they (and the NoMad) will not allow smoking when they re-open on September 30th.
And now another hotel is going smoke-free. Well, not 100% smoke-free like the Park-MGM and NoMad. But effective September 11, they have a partial ban. Smoking is no longer allowed in the resort’s pubic walkways and corridors and is limited to only a few places.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas says the change is a “continued effort to further protect the health and well being of our guests and employees.”
The only places you can smoke at the Cosmopolitan are:
- On the casino floor while sitting at a table game with plexiglass dividers
- On the casino floor while sitting at a slot machine
- Seated in the sportsbook
- Seated in a lounge
Masks are mandatory inside the resort, but patrons can briefly remove them while smoking in allowed places.
Smoking has been prohibited in the Cosmo’s rooms for years, but remains permitted outside on the rooms’ terraces.
More info can be found on this page of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ website.
They’re not the only ones
The Park MGM, NoMad and Cosmopolitan are not the only hotels/resorts jumping on the No Smoking bandwagon. In recent months these places on the Strip also no longer allow smoking:
- Mandalay Bay (at Delano, Vdara and Four Seasons)
- Sands (at table games)
- Wynn (at table games without plexiglass)
- Sahara (at table games)
Most of these newer no-smoking policies came into effect due to the concern of smokers potentially spreading Coronavirus, as they put their fingers to their mouths and then to a gambling device. Smoking or secondhand smoke could also lead to coughing, which could potentially spread the virus.
Will no-smoking policies in Las Vegas be permanent or just while COVID is an issue? Who knows, really? On the whole, smoking is less popular than it was a generation ago, and for years it’s been banned at several other casinos around the country. Of course, how much foot traffic each of these places ultimately gets will undoubtedly play a role in deciding if no-smoking policies are there to stay, as well.
Feature Photo: Stefan Wagener / flickr
#stayhealthy #staysafe #washyourhands #wearamask
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