Yesterday, Governor Steve Sisolak did what many analysts predicted he would be forced to do. In order to better protect the public’s health, Sisolak announced that masks will now be required when going into public areas. This, of course, means that wearing masks in Nevada casinos is no longer optional.
The state seems torn on whether or not this is a good idea. Most agree that it will have a significant impact on the casino companies here. Today, we’re going to take a look at how long this new regulation will last for.
Let’s get into it!
Infections Begin to Rise in Several States Around the Country
For the past three months, most of the country has been in some form of lockdown due to concerns of the new coronavirus. It didn’t take long for New York to become the epicenter of this new pandemic and NYC began quickly shutting down. Over the past few weeks, it seemed as if cases in this state were dropping.
Unfortunately, other parts of the country are now seeing their cases surge. That includes Arizona, Florida, Alabama, and Texas. Some health experts are pointing to the fact that these states were some of the first to relax their stay-at-home orders.
It’s a troubling sign. Most state officials claim that closing down their local economies is not a realistic option. Unless cases begin to drop, however, these leaders may need to come up with new regulations.
Over in Nevada, cases of Covid-19 are starting to increase, as well. Over the past 24 hours, nearly 500 new cases were recorded in this state. That’s disappointing news for the casino companies in this state, many of whom have just recently begun to start operating again.
No one really knows the best way to stop infection spread without severely damaging the economy. Health officials continue to tout mask-wearing as an effective way to limit infection spread. Nevada’s leaders are now hoping that this strategy pays off.
Governor Sisolak Now Requires Wearing Masks in Nevada Casinos
In early June, many of the top casinos in Las Vegas finally reopened to the public. It was hugely important, as these casinos were slowly creeping towards bankruptcy. Hundreds of thousands of residents in the state were affected by the shutdown.
Since the casinos opened back up, tourism rates have been slowly increasing. Casino owners here are doing almost anything they can to bring in more visitors. Derek Stevens, for example, recently began offering thousands of free flights to the city.
Unfortunately, we may soon see tourism rates begin to drop here. This week, Governor Sisolak announced that masks must be worn in all public areas. To the disappointment of some, that means wearing masks in Nevada casinos is now officially required.
“This is a state that prides itself on the spirit of individualism,” Sisolak said. “It is part of what makes us great. So I’m asking all of us to take our independent spirit and turn that into our individual responsibility to keep the lights on for businesses throughout our state. As I said last week, we’re not post-COVID. We’re still in the middle of the first phase, the first wave of COVID. So please, I cannot emphasize this enough, wear your face covering anytime you leave your house, when you go to a restaurant, and you stop the pharmacy, when you enter a casino. Wear your face covering.”
The requirement to wear masks in public officially goes into law at 12:01 am on Friday morning. Many have already expressed fear that this could hurt the already-struggling tourism industry here.
Will Nevada’s New Mask Law Damage Tourism?
Like all other states, Nevada has been having a difficult time attracting visitors. Travel is still unadvised and many have fears about visiting crowded venues like casinos. Those that are willing to make the trip to a Las Vegas casino are probably not concerned about Covid-19.
For that reason, many believe that tourism may begin to drop here. Wearing masks in Nevada casinos is no longer optional. Some gamblers may no longer want to visit a casino if it means you need to wear a facial covering.
It’s a very difficult situation. Sisolak is following the advice of health officials, who believe masks can help to reduce the spread of this new virus. It’s likely that this will take a serious toll on the state’s tourism industry, though.
We will not know the effects of this decision for at least a few weeks. If infection rates in the state start to drop, Sisolak may decide to lift this new regulation.
More casinos are opening up each week. That includes most of the biggest ones on the Las Vegas Strip. Hopefully, these properties earn enough revenue to remain operational.
How do you feel about wearing masks in Nevada casinos? Will this result in less tourism here? Let us know in the comments section below!