As vaccination is increasing across the US, many states and businesses are gradually returning to the “normal life” of pre-covid. That is the case for Las Vegas casinos. The Vegas Strip casinos were the most affected ones, with a decline in revenue of almost 27%
Vegas casinos have slowly been increasing their capacity over the last few months. Last week the two Wynn Resorts, Wynn and Encore, and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announced that state regulators had cleared them for operation at 100% capacity.
Nevada Gaming Control Board set a threshold of 80% vaccinated employees. Wynn resorts were the first to announce that they’ve achieved a 88% vaccination rate of their employees.
The Cosmopolitan also announced that they’ve reached the 80% goal. The company offered a $1 million bonus to its employees to encourage and reward vaccination. Due to its employees’ enormous response, they even moved the deadline from May 1st to May 8th.
The operators stated that while occupancy limits, physical distance guidelines, and plastic separators between gaming tables will be removed, health guidelines, including wearing a mask, will continue to be implemented.
The start date is currently unknown, as nothing from the Gaming Board has been announced.
In addition, Clark County lawmakers, which control restaurants, stores, and other businesses aside from casinos, approved plans to move to 100% occupancy once the county’s population reaches 60% vaccination. Currently, it is near 45.5%.