Nevada casinos could operate at 100% capacity as soon as June 1 after Gov. Steve Sisolak gave a more distinct timeline for his reopening plans.
During a Tuesday press conference, Sisolak announced that he would be removing social distancing requirements on May 1, but that the statewide mask mandate would stay in affect. He also noted that that he would be giving county governments the ability to implement restrictions that they deemed fit and thinks the start of June is when everything could go back to normal.
“I am pleased to announce that I’m very confident every county in the state of Nevada will be able to fully reopen at 100 percent capacity by June 1,” said Sisolak.
According to Eater Las Vegas, Clark County will continue to have 50 percent capacity for its restaurants but will increase the table capacity from six to 10 people.
For the gaming industry, however, Sisolak said that casinos will still need to abide by mandates set forth by the Gaming Control Board.
While Sisolak didn’t give any indication of what the gaming regulators will do, Anthony Cabot, a Distinguished Fellow of Gaming Law at UNLV told another media outlet that casinos “almost certainly will be allowed to return to full capacity by June 1.”
At the start of April, the NGCB released a memo that stated increased capacity would be tied to the effort properties put forth in getting their employees vaccinated. In response to the memo, Wynn Resorts mandated that its employees either receive the vaccine or show a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis to continue working at their Las Vegas Strip locations.
Other companies have implemented measures to help get their employees vaccinated as well.
Sisolak’s announcement comes just a couple of weeks after the World Series of Poker said that it will hold a live, in-person series at the Rio this fall. Organizers said that they would follow all the protocols set forth by regulators, but the governor’s comments make it likely that the 2021 WSOP will take place with likely few restrictions.