Florida’s casino industry has been up and running for more than a month. Unfortunately, the state is experiencing a major rise in Covid-19 cases and officials are trying to find new ways to protect public health. Today, we’re going to take a look at the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules.
The Seminole Tribe currently operates several major casino-resorts in the state of Florida. All of the tribe’s casinos are now implementing new safety measures. Hopefully, these new regulations help to protect the casino visitors.
Florida Continues to Struggle With Surge Of Covid-19 Cases
We’re about to enter the month of August, and cases of Covid-19 continue to increase around the country. State leaders are trying to find the best way to reopen their economies while keeping new infections down. This is proving to be extremely difficult.
For months, New York was the worst-affected state in the country from the new coronavirus. That is no longer the case. Florida seems to be the new epicenter, with a huge number of new infections recorded here every single day.
Governor Ron DeSantis has faced criticism for opening Florida’s economy too quickly. Some believe it’s time for him to begin implementing more regulations. Others feel that doing so would be devastating to the state economy.
Many of the casinos in Florida have the power to set their own regulations. The Seminole Tribe controls many Native American casinos in the state and first began opening them up in early June. Due to the continuing rise in coronavirus cases, this tribe is now focusing more on improving safety measures.
Casinos around the United States are struggling. Revenue from this industry has been dropping considerably over the past few months. There are worries that the Seminole tribe’s new casino regulations will result in an even bigger drop in revenue. As of now, however, there seem to be no other options on the table.
Here’s a Quick Look at the Seminole Tribe’s New Casino Rules
Over the past decade, the Seminole tribe has created a major gambling hub in Florida. This tribe acquired most of Hard Rock International in 2006 and has been working to expand ever since. It now operates six casinos in the state, including a massive new guitar-shaped hotel-casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Up until recently, this tribe’s casino business was very successful. Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International, continued pushing to open new casinos around the country. Now, this company is focused almost entirely on increasing safety measures.
Allen recently released a new press release that details some of the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules.
“Seminole Gaming is committed to the health and safety of its guests and team members, and we are upgrading our comprehensive ‘Safe + Sound’ program to further limit the threat from COVID-19,” he said. “We are making sure our resorts and casinos are safe and sound so our guests and team members have peace of mind when they return.”
Moving forward, guests inside these casinos must all wear masks. They must also stay in one place when removing their masks to eat, drink, or smoke. Temperature checks and more reduced capacity measures are also being set in place.
Many are pleased to see these new regulations set in place. Some still feel that casinos should be shut down entirely, though. That seems highly unlikely to happen anytime soon.
Florida isn’t the only state that is ramping up its public health safety measures.
Las Vegas Casinos Continue to Implement More Safety Measures
It’s clear that Florida has some trouble ahead. Rates of Covid-19 continue to increase here and it’s unclear when this trend will slow down. In reality, though, many states around the country are seeing their infection rates increase rapidly.
Las Vegas remains the gambling hub of the United States. Obviously, casino companies here are working hard to make things safe for guests. That’s proving extremely difficult. We’ve seen cases increase steadily here since casinos have reopened.
The casinos here continue adding more safety measures. Recently, several major casino companies announced they’re looking to add more self-service options inside their venues. Limiting human-to-human contact is now a priority. This is likely to bring about more casino employee layoffs.
Revenue reports for some of the largest casino companies have just been released. Things are just as bad as most figured that would be. During 2020’s second quarter, for example, Las Vegas Sands saw its revenue drop by an incredible 97%.
No one can say how the US casino industry will look by the end of 2020. More gaming companies are now focused on their online operations. Even with the Seminole tribe’s new casino rules, Florida’s gambling revenue is likely to remain low for at least the next six months.
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