Casinos all across Nevada have taken a massive hit to their finances in the last 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic that required a massive shutdown of the casino industry.
Some casinos have reopened their doors in past months but have been unable to operate at a 100 percent capacity due to all of the mandatory requirements and social distancing measures.
Multiple casinos across Reno have announced that they will no longer make it a mandatory requirement for vaccinated customers to wear masks. The decision was made based on the new guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Some of the casinos that no longer require masks include Caesars Entertainment and Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, Grand Sierra Resort and Atlantis Casino Resort Spa.
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However, guests who have not been vaccinated will still be required to wear masks based on the guidelines outlined by the CDC. A number of casinos also confirmed they will no longer enforce social distancing but some casinos like Atlantis Casino have stated that they will continue to adhere to social distancing.
Nevada casinos confirmed that they will not be asking their patrons to confirm whether they have been vaccinated or not. They will rely on an honour system and trust that their non-vaccinated patrons will wear their masks at all times.
While vaccination numbers in Nevada have continued to increase with each passing week, it is still a risk for casinos in Nevada as the system of trusting non-vaccinated patrons to wear masks may end up backfiring.
Trade Shows Make Their Return
Las Vegas casinos generated a significant amount of their revenues from trade shows and conventions. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said that a total of 6.6 million visitors attended trade shows and conventions in 2019 and generated over $11 billion in revenue.
All of that had to stop with the COVID-19 pandemic and Nevada wanted to avoid any gatherings as it was the fastest way to spread COVID. However, with things getting back to normal, Las Vegas casinos are preparing for trade shows and conventions to start once again.
The Tobacco Plus Expo returned to the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North Hall and over 4,000 people showed up on the first day. The expo went off well and Vegas is now prepared to welcome the next big show in June which is the World of Concrete expo that generated revenues of $93 million in 2019.