Nevada casino regulators are reminding licensees to enforce the mask mandate


Posted on: Dec 29, 2021 at 2:13 am

Last updated: December 29, 2021, 2:13 am.

Nevada casino regulators are responding to the escalating new COVID-19 case numbers by warning operators they face penalties for failing to enforce the statewide mandate on indoor face masks.

Nevada Casino Las Vegas New Years Eve Face Mask
On New Year’s Eve 2019, fireworks light up the sky of the Las Vegas Strip. The Strip will be busy for the ring in 2022, and Nevada casino regulators are reminding resorts that face masks are still required for everyone in public buildings. (Image: Getty)

In a notice to licensees today, December 29, the Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) announced that all gaming facilities must comply with Governor Steve Sisolak’s (D) Emergency Policy 45, which requires the wearing of face masks in public places.

Emergency Policy 45 requires everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, to wear a mask in counties with significant or high levels of COVID-19 transmission in indoor public spaces, ”the NGCB stated.

The governor’s order is being relaxed in a county where COVID-19 transmission is considered low or moderate. Currently, only six of Nevada’s 17 counties are low or moderate – Mineral, White Pine, Eureka, Storey, Pershing, and Humboldt counties.

Clark County, home of Las Vegas, remains in the high transmission classification.

Pending punishments

Sisolak reorganized the mandatory wearing of face masks in casinos and other public places in July. While casinos have signage reminding guests that face covering is required indoors, enforcement has been lax at times.

The Gambling Commission says casinos that continue to allow guests not to wear such face masks face sanctions.

“As Nevada prepares for a significant surge in visitor numbers for the New Year holiday, the board will step up Emergency Policy 45 enforcement at all masked licensed locations to ensure the safety of Nevada’s residents and visitors,” it says of the NGCB communication in detail.

The NGCB added that it may take disciplinary action against casinos found to be in breach of the mask mandate. All NGCB recommended penalties must be approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission.

Sisolak thanked the NGCB for remembering the face mask amid the holidays and the upcoming New Year celebration.

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve is still running

Omicron is causing the spread of COVID-19 across the country, causing many cities to cancel or curtail their New Year celebrations. But fireworks and a plethora of events to celebrate the ring in 2022 are still on the rise in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is reminding incoming visitors that strollers, backpacks, and glass bottles are prohibited anywhere on the Strip during New Year’s Eve.

Metro says it will have 1,200 cops on the strip and 200 more downtown during the celebrations. Over 100 members of the Nevada National Guard will also be in attendance. According to police, there are currently no credible threats.

Las Vegas tourism authorities expect more than 300,000 people to celebrate the end of 2021 on the Strip this weekend. Last minute planners pay a premium for a strip casino hotel room.

A two-day stay at the Bellagio from December 31 to January 2 is $ 1,654, Encore is $ 1,590, Caesars Palace is $ 1,576, and The Venetian is $ 841. Cheaper options on the Strip include Treasure Island for $ 675, Sahara for $ 609, and Planet Hollywood for $ 724.

The prices listed include taxes and fees.


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