Las Vegas Casino Visitors Required to Wear Masks
The Governor of Nevada has mandated that masks be worn in public areas. This means that visitors are required to wear masks in the casino, except when they are eating or drinking. The ordinance takes effect at noon on June 26.
Masks were not previously required in casinos, although many establishments encouraged their use. This resulted in many gambling visitors going without masks, while casino employees were required to wear them. Social distancing rules and other safety requirements remain in place.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak's order follows a similar decision made last week by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Masks are required to enter reopened casinos and card rooms in Southern California.
Nevada, like several other states, is seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases. The Department of Health and Human Services said there were 365 new cases in the last 24 hours, the fifth highest since the epidemic. A total of 14,362 confirmed cases and 494 deaths have been reported in Nevada.
The ruling comes into effect ahead of the July 4 (Independence Day) big weekend, which is expected to see large returns to Las Vegas casinos and Reno.
Casinos in Las Vegasopened June 4th after extended hiatus due to Covid-19 virus.