May 4, 2021 Casino, Land-Based

Wynn, Encore to operate at 100% capacity effective immediately

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Wynn Resorts announced Monday that its two Las Vegas Strip properties, Wynn and Encore, will return to 100% operations effectively immediately.

The company said it received permission from the Nevada Gaming Control board to operate at full capacity after reporting an employee vaccination rate of 88%.

“Our employees and guests will continue to follow health and safety guidelines, including mask compliance, to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all,” Wynn said in a statement.

Wynn will remove plexiglass dividers from all table games and slot machines.

Wynn becomes the first Las Vegas operator to return to full capacity since the Covid-19 pandemic originally shut down casinos last March.

Wynn CEO Matt Maddox has been one of the gaming industry’s most vocal leaders calling for urgency to vaccinate employees. In April he told Wynn employees they would need a vaccination or proof of a weekly negative Covid-19 test to continue working.

Encore Las Vegas hosts an on-site Covid-19 clinic open to the public.

Wynn’s return to full operations comes three days after Clark County and Strip casinos were allowed to increase capacity to 80% in accordance with local rules.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has committed to reopening all state casinos at 100% capacity by June 1.

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