September 12, 2021 Casino, Land-Based

Two more Las Vegas casinos introduce employee vaccine mandates

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Resorts World and Westgate are the latest Las Vegas casinos to mandate Covid-19 vaccinations for employees.

Resorts World will require all hourly and salaried new hires to be vaccinated starting Monday Sept. 13.

Westgate will take their mandate a step further, asking that all team members show proof of vaccination by Oct. 15 as a condition of employment. Westgate CEO David Seigel said in a company memo that he dealt with a serious bout of Covid-19.

“Westgate is not the first major company to make this decision, and we will not be the last,” Siegel said. “Vaccines are the single greatest tool we have for ending this pandemic, keeping ourselves and our families safe and returning life back to normal.

“This is the first step and I ask you to join me. Frankly, had I not been vaccinated, it would not be me asking you to get the vaccine today.”

MGM Resorts was one of the first Las Vegas Strip operators to implement an employee vaccine mandate back in mid-August. MGM requires salaried employees to be vaccinated as a condition of employment. Those employees have until Oct. 15 to be vaccinated.

“I know that for some of you this may be an unwelcome development – a consideration that we did not take lightly when making this decision,” MGM CEO Bill Hornbuckle wrote to employees. “However, as one of the largest and most trusted operators and employers in our industry, MGM Resorts is determined to do our part to curb the spread of the virus and help counter alarming trends in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Vaccination is the most effective tool in doing so.”

Wynn Resorts is requiring employees to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative test on a regular basis.

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