The three Last Vegas casinos are allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity after being proven to Nevada regulators that at least 88 percent of their employees have received the coronavirus vaccine.
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Casino were the first to receive maximum space under the new rules set by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, and The Cosmopolitan quickly followed suit.
"We believe the only clear path to normality and the recovery of our entire workforce is through vaccination," said William McBeath, Cosmopolitan president and CEO.
Vegas casinos have been operating at reduced efficiency for months to comply with COVID - 19 security measures including social distancing and personnel testing.
Most licensed venues in the state operate at 50 percent capacity, but NGCB released a statement in April outlining how casinos that are taking "tangible and tangible steps to vaccinate and thereby protect their employees, visitors and communities" can increase its usable area.
This capacity has since risen to 80 percent for most Clark County businesses.
Both Wy nn Resorts Ltd. and Las Vegas-based Cosmopolitan quickly launched a vaccination campaign, with the latter offering bonuses to employees for reaching percentage milestones. Cosmopolitan has been praised for "acting smart and swiftly" in offering workers a $ 1 million bonus if they all get vaccinated.
Vegas casinos will achieve the goal set by the Nevada government
- Wynn Las Vegas: 88% Vaccination Rate
- Result: 98% vaccination rate
- The Cosmopolitan: 80% vaccination rate
The Nevada vaccine is considered an integral part of getting US gambling capital back to normal. Tourist numbers dropped in the mid-4542 as the coronavirus spread across America, but now about a third of Clark County adults have been fully vaccinated against the disease.
How the Las Vegas casino landscape has changed
Of course, while players and casino owners would likewise prefer Vegas to return to normal quickly, the casino's COVID - 19 rules in force have left a visible mark on the city.
First, face masks are still required for players at every Vegas casino as well as other establishments. Masks help reduce the spread of the disease and are considered an important measure in the fight against COVID-19.
Also for this reason, the Nevada government is expected to maintain social distancing measures until summer - although this has been reduced to three feet (0.9 meters).
"Our employees and visitors will continue to adhere to health and safety guidelines, including mask compliance, to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all," Wynn Resorts said in a statement.
COVID Las Vegas - 19 figures released on Tuesday revealed there were 480, 715 cases in the state since the start of the pandemic and 5,480 deaths. The average of new cases and deaths started to rise again in April, but it is hoped that the increased resilience of the population will help lower these numbers soon.