For vaccinated guests at Las Vegas casinos, masks are no longer mandatory.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced Friday that it was removing the mask mandate that has been in place since the state’s casino market was reopened last July.
The shift in the state’s policy came shortly after the Center for Disease Control announced that it was safe for vaccinated individuals to remove their mask in almost all settings. The agency also said that non-vaccinated should continue to wear face coverings.
Most casinos are taking the same approach.
According to a local Fox affiliate, Wynn Resorts became the first casino operator to change its policy to mimic the CDC. At both of its Las Vegas Strip casinos, Encore and Wynn Las Vegas, vaccinated guests will no longer need to wear a mask. Within hours, MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment followed suit, meaning that with just those three companies making the switch, nearly the entire Las Vegas Strip would be following the policy. Cosmopolitan, Venetian and Palazzo also made the change.
The properties will use the honor system and will not force its mask-less guests to prove their vaccination status. The NGCB does not prohibit casinos from making its customers prove that they were vaccinated, however it would be a cumbersome process for them to do so.
Every company is taking a different approach to what it allows its employees to do. MGM properties are currently making its employees stay masked up, while other properties have allowed vaccinated employees to work without a face covering.
With the removal of masks following the nixing of plexiglass dividers, poker rooms look as close to normal as they have since the pandemic took hold in the U.S. in March 2020.