Disregard for Mask Rule Could Force Venetian and Caesars Palace to Temporary Shut Down

Some of the Las Vegas casinos are likely to pull the shutters temporarily amid the coronavirus scare despite an upbeat weekend on July 4. This has followed the concerns regarding the refusal to wear masks by people in Las Vegas. According to online media site Vital Vegas, Venetian is one such casino that is planning to pause its operations for 7-10 days. However, the rumour was busted by the casino with a tweet on social media.

The Vital Vegas report further says staffers at Caesars Palace have informed their guests that the casino will remain closed for a while. Although this rumour is still unconfirmed, casinos are often unlikely to announce such moves, especially when businesses seem to be peaking.

It is worth noting that a number of Las Vegas Strip casinos and hotels have reopened in July after remaining closed for a long time because of the pandemic. According to a report by local TV station KLAS, such casinos include the Mandalay Bay, Aria, the Delano, the Waldorf Astoria and the Four Seasons. Moreover, in June, several Las Vegas casinos sprung back to operations, although limited.

On July 3, several tourists thronged the Strip and the number seems to be more than what was seen previously. Nevertheless, the number of pedestrians was still low. Many of them reportedly travelled from states neighbouring Nevada. Interestingly, many of the pedestrians had decided to ditch wearing face masks.

According to the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), only 49% businesses were seen complying with the face coverings directive imposed by Gov. Steve Sisolak before July 4. However, after a stern warning was let out, the compliance rate went up to 85% in Northern Nevada and 65% in Southern Nevada.

Sisolak had added that if the non-compliance continues, he will take swift actions and target the concerned industries or areas. Businesses that do not comply could be fined up to $134,940.

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