Nevada continues to bleed money due to the statewide casino shutdown. Over the past few weeks, state leaders have discussed ways to open these casinos back up. This week, one of the most powerful unions in the state began asking for NV’s casino plans to be made public.
Just about everyone wants to see casinos in this state reopen. Most agree, however, that these gaming venues will not look the same way they did before this pandemic. Today, we’re going to discuss what Nevada’s leaders have planned.
Let’s get into it!
Governor Sisolak Refuses to Say When Casinos Will Reopen
Cases of Covid-19 continue to increase all around the country. Some states are beginning to see their infection rates drop. Others are beginning to see cases increase rapidly. Nevada still has a relatively low number of cases, yet it remains one of the hardest-hit states due to this global pandemic.
Like all other states, Nevada was forced to close down its non-essential businesses in March. That includes all of the casinos in the state. Closing down these businesses has taken an incredible toll on cities like Las Vegas.
Gambling revenue has completely stopped flowing in here. Tourism is also at an all-time low. Hundreds of thousands of individuals employed in the casino industry have recently been forced to file for unemployment.
It’s no surprise that many are now demanding that the state’s casinos open back up. Obviously, this is easier said than done. These venues pose a serious risk for infection spread. Governor Steve Sisolak is unable to say when casinos in Nevada will be able to open their doors again.
Not long ago, Sisolak decided to extend the state’s stay-at-home order. He is still reviewing several different plans to reopen casinos here safely. Recently, a major union involved in the gambling industry started asking for NV’s casino plans to open back up.
Culinary Union Wants NV’s Casino Plans to Be Made Public
The effect of closing down casinos in Nevada is apparent. Many residents here are hurting, either directly or indirectly, due to these shutdowns. Many are still torn on whether or not it’s time to start opening these casinos back up, though.
Many Nevada residents realize that opening casinos back up too early could pose a serious public health risk. With that being said, many rely on these venues for work. Now, the Culinary Union is asking for NV’s casino plans to be released to the public.
The Nevada Culinary Union is one of the most powerful unions in the state. It represents a huge number of casino workers and is focused on getting back to normal in the safest way possible. Union officials now believe that the state’s plans to open casinos need to be made public in order to instill public confidence.
Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer of Culinary Local 226 in Las Vegas, released a statement about this situation.
“The Culinary union urges the Nevada Gaming Commission to incorporate our proposed public health guidelines as a minimum standard in evaluating licensees’ individual plans,” Argüello-Kline said. “In addition, we ask the Nevada Gaming Commission to release publicly all reopening plans submitted by Nevada gaming operators, so the public can have confidence that the Nevada gaming industry is taking all necessary actions to ensure worker and guest safety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
The State Gaming Control Board isn’t legally required to release NV’s casino plans. If the group decided to keep this information private, the Culinary Union claims it will ask the Governor to release the plans. It’s unclear whether or not Sisolak would grant this request.
What Will Nevada Casinos Look Like Once They Open?
No one can really say when casinos in Nevada will be able to fully open again. Some analysts predict they will begin to accept guests sometime next month. These venues won’t look the same as they did earlier this year, though.
Casino companies will be legally required to set many safety measures to protect employees and patrons. There are several different ways casinos hope to achieve this. Things like social distancing at tables, requiring everyone to wear a mask, and having thermal cameras in casinos to detect those with fevers are a few possibilities.
Some of NV’s casino plans also call for glass barriers to be installed on table games. A glass wall will also separate the dealers from the bettors. This has not been officially approved, though, and its efficacy is still unknown.
No one can really say how long casinos will look differently. It’s also difficult to predict how implementing these measures will affect tourism once Las Vegas opens up. It’s an incredibly unusual situation that Nevada and the entire country currently finds itself in.
If the Culinary Union has its way, NV’s casino plans will be made public. We’ll need to wait and see how the Gaming Control Board and Governor Sisolak respond to this request.
Stay tuned for more Nevada casino news over the next few weeks!