It’s been nearly a month since all the casinos in Las Vegas reopened to the public. Tourism has gradually increased in the city, yet many workers here claim the conditions are not safe enough. As a result, the NV Culinary Union is planning to sue some of the biggest casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.
This union is one of the biggest and most powerful in Nevada. It seems the group is now angry about the situation that many casino workers find themselves in. Today, we’re going to look at what the Culinary Union hopes to accomplish.
Let’s get into it!
Nevada Continues Setting New Regulations in Casinos
The state of Nevada finally started to open back up in early June. It was a welcome move for most residents here. The casino shutdown, ordered back in March, resulted in a complete drop-off in tourism and many were left without work.
Politicians here realized that something needed to change. Governor Steve Sisolak understands that the casinos are the driving force behind tourism and started working with casino companies on coming up with a comprehensive, safe reopening plan. Finally, state leaders gave the casinos in Las Vegas to open back up on June 4th.
Casino companies here started doing everything they could to increase tourism. Many began offering great travel deals and discounted room rates. As the weeks have gone on, tourism to Las Vegas has slowly increased.
Some fear that is now beginning to change. Last week, Governor Sisolak announced that it’s now mandatory to wear facial masks inside any public spaces. To the disappointment of some, that includes casinos.
Officials in this city are still trying to understand the best way to promote tourism while keeping things as safe as possible. Unfortunately, many now feel that things are not safe enough for workers inside casinos.
NV Culinary Union Announces it Plans to Sue LV Casinos Over Working Conditions
The world is still struggling to understand the new coronavirus. It’s infected more than 10 million individuals and the current death toll has just surpassed 500,000. State leaders have the unenviable task of reopening their economies while protecting vulnerable individuals.
Nevada was essentially shut down for three months. The amount of revenue that the state lost during this time is unprecedented. As the weeks went on, more residents in this state started calling for Governor Sisolak to lift the restrictions.
On June 4th, many of the casinos here began to reopen. Many now feel that casino workers are being put at risk unnecessarily. As a result, the NV Culinary Union plans to sue the casinos here for the conditions they are putting their employees in.
“The lawsuit alleges casino hotels have not protected workers, their families, and their community from the spread of COVID-19, and that the current rules and procedures in place for responding to workers contracting COVID-19 have been wholly and dangerously inadequate,” a statement from the union claims.
There’s certainly some validity to these claims. Just a few days ago, a worker inside a Caesars Entertainment-owned Las Vegas casino died after testing positive for Covid-19. The Culinary Union wants to see things change.
A press conference is being held today to discuss this situation. Stay tuned for updates over the next few weeks.
More US Casinos Are Likely to Close Soon
Nevada isn’t the only state to recently reopen its casino industry. Many states around the country have started allowing their gaming venues to reopen. Rates of Covid-19 are now beginning to quickly increase, though, and some analysts believe that hard-hit states will soon need to close their casinos once again.
Florida has been experiencing a particularly large increase in cases over the last couple of weeks. As many are aware, this was one of the first states to lift their stay-at-home orders. Some health experts believe reopening too early caused these infection rates to skyrocket.
Not long ago, some of Florida’s top gambling venues opened back up. That includes the massive guitar-shaped Hard Rock Hotel-Casino owned by the Seminole Tribe. The state cannot directly order this tribe to close its gambling venue, yet some believe the casino will close down on its own.
Most states around the country are seeing Covid-19 rates increase. Exactly how this will affect the country’s land-based gambling industry is still unknown. Hope is that things can remain open with better health protection measures set in place.
It’s interesting to see the NV Culinary Union directly go after casinos. The truth, however, is that casinos may not be able to remain profitable if more restrictions are set in place. It’s an extremely complicated situation and no one seems to have a solution.
Do you think Nevada’s casinos need to implement better safety measures? Have you gambled in one of the casinos here? Let us know in the comments section below!