COVID-19 restrictions are returning to some Las Vegas casinos, threatening recovery
By Bob Garcia
New COVID-19 spikes are causing problems for Sin City’s economy again
Just when it seemed that victory was being achieved, another stone has appeared in the path of the pandemic caused by COVID-19. According to the most recent reports, Nevada is going through a rough patch, as a surge of new cases of COVID-19 has been reported, predominantly from the ultra-contagious Delta variant.
Due to this, several casinos in Las Vegas have again had to comply with new measures to avoid contagion. The management of some casinos such as Las Vegas Sands, Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, and The Venetian have stipulated that employees must put their masks back on in order to continue the seemingly never-ending fight against the coronavirus.
The move by the casinos comes on the heels of a masking advisory issued by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) late last week. The SNHD asked all residents and visitors to the Silver State, regardless of their immunization status, to please re-mask in enclosed public spaces, including casinos. The goal is to be able to counter the transmission of the aggressive virus by wildfires. However, this appears to be only a recommendation, as it is not yet mandated by the state at this stage.
Sin City’s casinos were beginning to see a strong recovery after the infection rate had dropped and more restrictions had been lifted. While it is true that the masks should not affect the operation (although it may make small inroads into the current trends of people’s desire to travel), if the infection continues to increase, more drastic measures may be taken and that could affect the good path that the casinos had been paving for several months already.