Gaming Control Board: Restaurants inside Nevada casinos can open under Phase One

  • Last Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approves new regulations allowing casinos to open their dine-in-service
  • Pubs, wineries, bars, and breweries that serve food are allowed to reopen as long as they serve food and keep the bar area closed
  • “Our goal is to continue reopening more of Nevada’s economy safely and responsibly…but it’s too early to make any determinations,” Sisolak.
  • Nevada averaged around 2,500 tests per day, while the testing capacity is 4,000 tests per day

After two months of full closures of non-essential businesses, new regulations will allow restaurants inside casinos to re-open. 

Last Thursday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board approved new regulations allowing casinos to open their dine-in-service. 

Restaurants will only be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, yet no seating in the bar area will be permitted. Moreover, tables will be placed six feet apart to ensure social distancing. 

People are encouraged to make reservations in order to maintain the expected capacity. 

Governor Steve Sisolak says, “staff will need to wear masks,” and he encourages customers to do the same.

He also added, “Pubs, wineries, bars, and breweries that serve food are allowed to reopen as long as they serve food and keep the bar area closed.”

Sisolak announced that more businesses are expected to open in later phases as long as the trajectory in the percentage of coronavirus cases decreases. 

Nevada Gaming Control Board adopts governors re-opening regulations

Restaurants are expected to comply with the regulations highlighted by the governor for businesses opening in the first phase. 

Sandra Morgan, chairwoman of the Gaming Control Board, who drafted the new guidelines says, “Safety is a matter of life and death for workers and tourists…Gaming companies have a responsibility to be transparent with Nevadans as our community fights to control this pandemic.”

Sisolak: Initial signs following Phase 1 reopening are positive, but no timeline on moving to Phase 2

Governor Sisolak said that “It’s not clear what the week-old effort to reopen some Nevada business had done to infection metrics or when the state will move to Phase 2.”

Although the governor affirmed that the health indicators are looking positive, he could not specify re-opening dates for phase 2. 

“Our goal is to continue reopening more of Nevada’s economy safely and responsibly…but it’s too early to make any determinations,” Sisolak.

It is noteworthy to mention that so far the state averaged around 2,500 tests per day, while the testing capacity is 4,000 tests per day. 

Making tests available will be very important for phase 1 as it will be a primary measure which will affect the decision of re-opening more phases. 

“We have the capacity, but people have to go get tested…They have to get in their car and drive down there. I encourage them to do that,” Sisolak. 

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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