- Caesars Entertainment is rewarding $20 to guests who wear masks within their premises.
- The promotion seeks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
- The giveaways come at a time Nevada is struggling with rising cases of COVID-19.
- State officials have been under pressure to make the wearing of masks mandatory.
You may be awarded $20 on your next visit to a Caesars Entertainment casino. However, this applies to those who wear masks. A tap on your shoulder from the company’s representative could mean you are eligible for the reward to gamble.
Operating five reopened casinos on The Strip, Caesars Entertainment encourages its guests, through a promotion, to wear masks in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The promotions team visited Caesars Palace, Flamingo, Paris, Harrah’s, and The Linq, looking for those who were wearing masks while gambling or walking inside the premises. They paid a total of $7,500 to 375 guests.
While only Caesars Rewards members are eligible for the reward when they wear the masks, anyone can sign up for a chance to receive it, the Reno-Gazette Journal (a subsidiary of the USA TODAY Network) reported.
Gia Silvaggio, the Caesars Entertainment public relations specialist, says it is complex to answer the question as to when the limited-time promotion will end.
In an email to the USA TODAY Network, she said the promotion would cease if mask-wearing becomes mandatory.
Everyone May Have to Wear Masks Soon
The free-play giveaway from Caesars comes in the wake of rising positive cases of COVID-19 in Nevada. The state officials are under pressure to make mask-wearing mandatory for all casino guests.
Last week saw the Nevada Gaming Control Board updating its health and safety guidelines for casinos. The rules became more stringent for bettors who sit down to play.
Those players who sit at table games with no barriers must wear masks. This update came less than a fortnight after casinos reopened in the Silver State, following a three-month shutdown period.
However, the most influential labor union in Nevada is calling for state officials to require guests to wear masks in every public space at hotel-casinos to shield employees.
On Monday, Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer, said, “Workers have fears.” She demanded that Nevada officials copy what California is doing. California Governor Gavin Newsom said last week that when social distancing is impossible, citizens must cover their noses and mouths in most outdoor and indoor settings.
Argüello-Kline added that the numbers were going up, and not down.
Last week saw the closure of restaurants inside the Linq Hotel and the Bellagio after their workers tested positive for COVID-19.
Surging Cases in the State
The total of known COVID-19 cases came to 13,535 after the state reported an additional 330 new cases on Monday. So far, 489 people have died from coronavirus in the state, after health officials reported three more deaths on Monday.
The state also reported four highest single-day rises within last week.
Steve Sisolak, the Nevada governor, said he is ready to support local leaders who set more stringent rules. He also encouraged business owners to make mask-wearing mandatory for customers and employees.