Summer is still over a month away, but the city of Las Vegas is quickly preparing for the return of tourists. Properties across the Strip are ramping up employee testing to ensure working environments remain safe once casino doors and floors reopen.
Employees of properties owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVS) will undergo COVID-19 testing before returning to work this summer.
LVS announced Monday, May 11, that staff members of The Venetian and Palazzo will receive free access to coronavirus tests. The company is also offering free COVID-19 testing to employees’ household members (who are at least 13 years old).
Employees Offered Two Types of Tests
LVS will provide employees and their household members with access to two categories of novel coronavirus tests, RNA and antibody. The RNA test determines whether someone is currently infected with COVID-19. The antibody test detects COVID-19 antibodies, which helps estimate a prior exposure level to the novel coronavirus.
Staff members of The Venetian and Palazzo are not required to have prior coverage under the company’s health insurance policy to receive free access to COVID-19 testing. LVS will cover the entire cost of testing.
The Venetian and Palazzo to Reopen Soon
Currently, the state of Nevada is in Phase 1 of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s reopening plan. In Las Vegas, businesses are inviting customers back under new policies that limit capacity to around 50% of the maximum occupancy. However, casinos and gaming establishments aren’t included in the businesses allowed to reopen during the current phase.
Las Vegas Sands company representatives have not shared exact reopening dates for either of the two properties. However, a statement shared by the company indicates The Venetian and Palazzo will reopen in June.
Hopefully, the availability of free testing resources makes staff members feel comfortable returning to work once the properties reopen next month.