When Las Vegas sportsbooks finally reopen this Thursday, they’re going to look a lot different.
Sportsbooks across the valleys are implementing a whole new set of protocols in order to safely welcome back bettors while slowing down the spread of COVID-19.
According to Jay Kornegay, vice president of Westgate sportsbook, 60 percent of chairs will be removed to encourage social distancing, as well as removing every other seat in the racebook.
Finding a way to moderate capacity seems like the trend that many sportsbooks are going to do.
Along with sportsbooks rearranged to support social distancing, those placing wagers can bet on seeing plexiglass partitions at individual betting windows and signage posted to remind guests to keep their distance.
At William Hill kiosk locations, as well as select full-service retail books, specific signage will read “Beat the spread, practice physical distancing,” making sure guests know to keep the designated space while in line.
Ticket writers will also be spread out to every other window, to guide social distancing. High-touch areas of sportsbooks, like counters, chairs, and kiosks will be wiped down and sanitized frequently to prevent are dangerous bacteria from remaining on surfaces.
Changes Coming to Casinos Offering Sportsbooks Across Las Vegas
It’s most likely that sportsbook employees will be wearing guests while on duty. Staff at Station Casinos, South Point, and Circa Sports, for instance, will all be required to wear face coverings, and each casino will take it a step further by conducting non-invasive temperature scans on all hotel guests and staff members.
Casino gaming floors will also be rearranged to support social distancing, and hand sanitizer dispensers will be found in high-traffic areas throughout the properties.
Other casinos, like South Point, are taking an additional precautionary measure by spray cleaning its sportsbook, racebook, bingo hall, and restaurants with electrostatic fogging machines.
“It looks like the backpack from ‘Ghostbusters.’ We’ll go through every night and fog all the rooms down,” said South Point general manager Ryan Growney.
Sportsbook Operators Are Excited to Reopen
Despite the current somber and worrisome scene across the Las Vegas valley right now due to prolonged protests and the coronavirus still being in the air, sportsbook operators are looking forward to reopening within a couple of days, as it’s been a long time coming.
“We’re certainly excited to open up our doors and get people back on the property. Not only for the hotel-casinos but the sportsbooks as well,” said Jeff Benson, operations manager for Circa, which has books at the Golden Gate and D Las Vegas in Downtown Las Vegas.