The debate over whether or not it’s time for casinos in Las Vegas to start reopening rages on. In the meantime, state leaders are beginning to review specific plans to safely allow gambling venues to open. To the surprise of some, the NV Gaming Commission officially approved the new casino guidelines presented earlier this month.
Everyone knows the risks involved with opening casinos. If these venues remain closed for much longer, however, cities like Las Vegas may never look the same. Today, we’re going to look at exactly what casinos need to do in order to reopen.
Let’s get into it!
Nevada Officially Set to Begin Phase One Of Reopening
For nearly two months, almost the entire country was essentially shut down. As time goes on and Covid-19 infection rates begin to drop, some states are now beginning to open back up. Most are choosing to do so slowly in order to prevent a major spike in cases.
Nevada’s leaders have been hesitant to start reopening the state. Governor Steve Sisolak has repeatedly stated he’s unwilling to put the public’s safety at risk. Not everyone has been on board with the Governor’s strategy, though. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has continued to call for businesses to reopen.
The effect of closing down casinos is clear. Tourism has completely stopped coming into Nevada. Revenue in Las Vegas is lower than it’s been, and hundreds of thousands of residents employed in the gambling industry have been left without work.
Earlier this week, Governor Sisolak announced that phase one of the state’s reopening process would begin on Saturday, May 9th. Many businesses will slowly begin to open their doors. This does not include casinos.
Nevada’s Gaming Commission has been reviewing specific plans for casinos to start accepting patrons again. State leaders want to ensure that this is done in as safe a way as possible. It now appears this group is happy with the safety plans recently presented. We may see casinos open here quicker than many predicted.
Gaming Commission Has Approved NV’s New Casino Guidelines
The land-based casino industry has been one of the hardest-hit in the country. Every single casino has been closed. Some companies, including several based in Las Vegas, have been losing millions of dollars every single day due to these regulations.
Officials in Nevada realize how important it is to get these casinos up and running. If done too quickly, however, things could go wrong fast. For that reason, the Nevada Gaming Commission has been looking for specific ways for casinos to protect their employees and patrons.
Earlier this week, the NV Gaming Control Board released a seven-page document that details how casinos can safely reopen. The document was then forwarded to the Gaming Commission. This week, Nevada’s Gaming Commission officially approved the new casino guidelines being proposed.
That includes casino capacity to be cut in half, limiting the number of players on slots and table games, and strict cleaning procedures. These rules will now be applied to the more than 400 casinos spread around the state. Sandra Morgan, a Chairwoman for the Gaming Control Board, is confident these measures will help keep things as safe as possible.
“These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures,” she said. “We are confident that these policies are sound, not only for our licensees, but for our employees and guests.”
It’s still not clear when exactly casinos in Nevada will open their doors. With the new casino guidelines now approved by the Gaming Commission, it may be sometime next month. Governor Sisolak is likely to comment on the plans early next week.
More States Begin Preparing to Reopen Casinos
Many states around the country have large and successful casino industries. With casinos shut down, many of these states are losing an incredible amount of money every day. It’s no surprise that so many are now focused on ways to reopen their gambling venues.
Some parts of the country already have plans to allow casinos to reopen casinos. That includes Arkansas, which will allow casinos to resume limited operations on May 18th. Strict social distancing measures will be set in place at these venues.
Atlantic City has taken a major hit due to its casino shutdown. Revenue here has continued to plummet. A city commissioner even told the media that the city may not be able to survive if the current regulations remain in place.
Fortunately, things may finally begin to improve here. Several major hotel-casinos in the city are starting to accept reservations for June 1st. Many are hopeful that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy allows these venues to reopen by that date.
With the new casino guidelines in Nevada now approved, many other states are likely to follow suit. We’ll need to wait and see where tourism numbers stand once Las Vegas starts getting back to normal.
Are you happy to see the casino safety measures approved in Nevada? When do you think gambling venues are able to open here? Let us know in the comments section below.