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Las Vegas hotel says employees must either get vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 tests at their own expense

  • Wynn Resorts and Encore employees in Las Vegas must be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 weekly.
  • Workers who don’t want the vaccine must pay $15 for the on-site testing lab or go elsewhere for a free test.
  • Las Vegas has seen an increase in visitors recently as the rollout of vaccines continues and restrictions are lifted.

Wynn Resorts and Encore has announced that its Las Vegas employees must receive the COVID-19 vaccine or undergo a weekly COVID-19 test. But employees who opt for the latter must pay out of pocket if they want to use Wynn’s onsite testing lab.

Right now, about 60% of Wynn Las Vegas workers are already vaccinated, according to a memo from the resort. By implementing an extensive vaccine and testing policy, Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn Resorts, hopes Wynn will become “one of the safest vacation destinations in the United States,” Maddox said in a statement.

The hotel currently has a Lighthouse COVID-19 testing lab on-site, allowing employees easy access to a COVID test if they decline the vaccine. However, each test will cost an employee $15, and those who don’t want to pay that fee will have to go elsewhere for a test (which is provided free by the state).

Crowds at the tourist hotspot have grown in recent weeks as more people receive the vaccine and the state continues to ease virus-related restrictions, according to local reports. Now almost all major hotels and casinos around Vegas are open at some capacity, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Other Las Vegas establishments like restaurants and casinos are currently allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

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Wynn Resorts isn’t the only tourism-adjacent company to have a vaccination policy for its employees. Cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Virgin Voyages are all require crew members to be fully vaccinated before resuming navigation.

Several non-travel related companies are also mandating vaccinations or offering their employees benefits to get vaccinated. This includes Selling powerwhich recently announced a vaccination mandate for employees wishing to return to its San Francisco office, and Krogerwhich gives $100 to its employees to get vaccinated.

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