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When will Las Vegas casinos reopen? Nevada has a plan.

Casinos won't be included in Phase 1

Written by
Sarah Medina

As states start to relax stay-at-home orders across the country, folks are eager to return to a semblance of normal, whether that means going out to a restaurant, hitting the gym or putting a trip to Las Vegas on the books. But don't expect to hit the roulette table quite yet. The Nevada Gaming Control Board has laid out new guidelines and restrictions for a gradual reopening, but even dine-in restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to reopen in Nevada before casino floors. 

While a specific reopening date is not yet in place, the guidelines, which include everything from cleaning protocols to occupancy restrictions, are meant to help the process along. In order to reopen, casinos must thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces and employees must be trained on how to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Casinos will also have to increase the frequency of cleaning high-contact surfaces like elevator buttons, gaming machines, and ATMs. Hand sanitizer must also be readily available and signage must be posted reminding people to wash their hands, etc.  

Occupancy will be limited to 50 percent and casinos will have to figure out how to maintain social distancing while patrons are on the floor. Some ideas laid out in the guidelines include removing chairs at gaming machines and limiting the number of people who can play at one time (six people per craps table, three per blackjack table, and four each per roulette and poker tables). You can read all the guidelines here

As for Las Vegas's famous pool parties and nightclubs? Those are staying closed until further notice. 

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