- Caesars Entertainment is getting ready to reopen its 95-acre resort
- Caesars, Wynn, and MGM lay down their re-opening plans, many remain sceptical about rushing to re-open.
- Caesar lays-off 90% of its 60,000 employees worldwide since the outbreak of the pandemic
- “At Caesars Palace, card tables, dice games and even slot machines are being retooled across the casino floor with social distancing and disinfection in mind”
Caesars Entertainment is getting ready to reopen its 95-acre resort in the era of COVID-19.
Caesars announced that they will re-open their properties gradually with a lower operational capacity.
It is worth mentioning that since the outbreak of the pandemic, Caesars Entertainment lost, due to lay-offs, 90% of its 60,000 employees worldwide.
Tony Rodio, Caesars Entertainment said, “People want to get back to normal again. It’s just going to be a process getting there.”
Meanwhile, officials at the Nevada Gaming Commission announced their intentions of safely re-opening casinos.
“At Caesars Palace, card tables, dice games and even slot machines are being retooled across the casino floor with social distancing and disinfection in mind.” Rodio.
He added, “A customer can’t even stand here and play this game because the game’s not even active, and so we will do that throughout the whole floor.”
New regulations are a gamble in themselves
According to 9news, “The dice on craps tables will be cleaned after each roll, and the chips will be frequently sanitised, too. For larger surfaces such as slot machines and elevator banks, employees will be equipped with electronic sprayers.”
Rodio confirmed that housekeeping will not be available during the guest’s stay as cleaning staff will not be allowed in the room.
Culinary Union demands more transparency
The Culinary Union has been demanding more transparency from casinos on employee protection plans before returning to work.
While many casinos prepared to open, it remains unclear when exactly casinos will be allowed to implement the new regulations announced by the Nevada gaming control board.
Caesars as well as other casinos have already expressed their readiness to open but have not received a clear go-ahead from the governor.
The Guardian mentions that “For those unions’ workers under a collective bargaining agreement, most contracts require companies to recall laid-off workers by seniority. But with properties opening in phases and casinos bringing back staff based on demand, there is a growing possibility that some may not return to work for months.”
While properties such as Caesars, Wynn, and MGM lay down their re-opening plans, many remain sceptical about rushing to re-open.
John Restrepo, a principal consultant at the Vegas-based RCG Economics believes that “we’re in for a pretty long haul of economic disruptions. A city like Las Vegas depends on consumer confidence and purchasing power by outsider…Until we find a cure for the virus or effective treatment, we’re on ‘virus time’.”