April 5, 2021 Casino, Land-Based, Personnel

NGC: Most employees need vaccination for casinos to lift capacity limits

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Covid-19 restrictions will not be relaxed until hospitality workers have been vaccinated.

A joint statement by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and Nevada Gaming Commission urged operators to arrange for vaccinations for employees who wish to do so.

They have considered to take this approach since hospitality workers in these venues interact with customers from around the world and “are critically positioned to help mitigate the spread of Covid-19 both within the industry, and the community as a whole,” a statement read.

It continued: “Such viral surges are a continuing threat to the economic health of the gaming industry and greater state, as they threaten the hard-fought efforts undertaken over the last year to safely reopen. More importantly, they are a continuing threat to the health and well-being of the significant portion of the population employed by the hospitality industry, making vaccination efforts an indispensable element in the Board’s and Commission’s ongoing Covid-19 strategy.”

Nevada casinos are currently operating at 50% capacity and in order for these restrictions to be lifted, the authorities stated that gaming needs to be conducted in a way that will protect the public.

Nevada’s Covid-19 infection rate has started to decline in recent months according to reports, and some resorts and hotels are beginning to operate full time. However, the board has said it will take a measured approach, which will rely on a number of factors as it considers relaxing the restrictions for gaming sites.

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