Mohegan Sun to pay fine for breaking COVID-19 protocols at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
By Bob Garcia
The casino operator was a little too anxious to launch its gaming floor with restrictions still in place
Part of the processes to prevent further spread of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 are the different sanitary measures and protocols that have been implemented in different establishments worldwide. However, not all of the establishments have actually followed these conditions in order to operate. It seems that, during its opening night in March, the Mohegan Sun Casino at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas disregarded these rules, and, therefore, must now pay a fine of $60,000 to the State of Nevada.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) filed a complaint against the casino as several NGCB officials were present that night to regulate the situation. According to the report, numerous violations of coronavirus health safety protocols were observed. During this important night of celebration for the casino, several celebrities were in attendance, including TV host Mario Lopez and Melissa and Joe Gorga of the Real Housewives of New Jersey; however, this did not make any exceptions to the rule. Mohegan Sun had to settle with the state after it was accused of certain regulatory violations that were in place to control the spread of COVID-19.
The report makes several complaints about social distancing and the property not complying with the face mask mandate. Ray Pineault, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, said the operator was aware of what happened and agreed to pay the stated amount. “As the leader of the organization, I take full responsibility for the lack of judgment and failure of our team to maintain Gaming Control Board standards on the date in question,” he added.