The Las Vegas Strip and its surrounding area will be fully reopened to vaccinated guests, dancers, shoppers and club-goers starting June 1st. Clark County’s lawmakers on Tuesday followed CDC guidelines, ditching plans to tie business occupancy to coronavirus vaccination rates.
The unanimous vote came after speakers expressed their anger and frustration over pandemic restrictions – especially their impact on school children.
Steve Sisolak, governor of Nevada, on Friday brought state requirements in line with CDC recommendations published the day before. Fully vaccinated people can stop social distancing and wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor spaces, according to the CDC.
Most Las Vegas casinos are already 100% busy and have no social distancing under the supervision of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
According to a Bloomberg report, Wynn Resorts Ltd. and Las Vegas Sands Corp., two Nevada casino operators, tell vaccinated guests that new instructions from state and federal regulators have banned them from wearing masks.
Wynn plans to deliver this message to customers on Friday night and trusts that a statement states that guests will take appropriate precautions based on their personal vaccination status. Sands said that while vaccinated patrons are not asked to wear masks, staff are required to do so for now.
MGM Resorts International, the largest casino operator on the Las Vegas Strip, and Caesars Entertainment Inc., the largest in the US, have also removed face-covering requirements for vaccinated guests.
The companies are among the first to change their masking and social distancing policies following Thursday’s revised guidelines for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said vaccinated people could stop wearing masks both indoors and outdoors under almost any circumstance.
Late Thursday, Nevada updated its health guidelines to say that fully vaccinated people will no longer need to wear masks indoors. It also states that companies are not prohibited from asking customers about their vaccination status.
Earlier this week, the Nevada Gaming Control Board began allowing casinos to lift social distancing requirements as well. Wynn, MGM and Caesars said they would lift capacity restrictions in their casinos.
Caesars was up 4.5% to $ 98.61 at the close of trading in New York, while Wynn was up 3.5%. The others advanced as well.
Wynn, with a 91% vaccination rate in Las Vegas, said plexiglass partitions would be removed from all table games and slot machines.
MGM said it still maintains an 80% capacity limit and a 3-foot social distancing requirement outside the casino floor, including in restaurants and pools.
(With AP and Bloomberg entrances)