Las Vegas casino employees will be wearing masks for at least the next several weeks.
Initially, it was just a pair of Las Vegas casinos decided it would mandate its entire workforce must mask up. Late last week, the near-strip Westgate hotel and casino, as well as the Venetian and Palazzo both announced the decision.
The move came in response to a new recommendation from the Southern Nevada Health District that said in response to the uptick in COVID-19 cases, everyone in a public place, regardless of whether they were vaccinated, should wear a mask.
Despite the recent rise in cases, the numbers are still lower than last summer and not even close to the peak last December and January. The rest of the state has not seen the same bump in numbers as Clark County has.
“In response to new recommendations from the Southern Nevada Health District, we now require that all Team Members (vaccinated or not) wear company-issued face masks while working in indoor public spaces, and in indoor areas where people congregate. In addition, we have revised our signs posted at public entrances to share this new SNHD recommendation,” read a statement issued by Las Vegas Sands Corp.
Las Vegas Sands technically still own the Venetian and Palazzo. The company sold both to Apollo Global Management and VICI properties last March, but the sale is still being finalized.
But on Tuesday, the Clark County Commission voted unanimously to implement an employee mandate that requires all businesses make its employees to wear a mask while in public spaces of the building. If the employee is in an office or a cubicle, they can stay unmasked.
The mandate took effect at midnight on Wednesday, meaning that all casino workers must wear it and not just those at the three properties that put the same mandate into effect on its own terms last week. The mandate will remain in effect until at least Aug. 17, at which point the Clark County Commission will meet again.
Before the mandate was implemented, casinos were allowing vaccinated employees to stay mask-free if they chose.