As casinos await Governor Steve Sisolak’s approval to reopen Nevada casinos, which is expected to be announced later Tuesday, Sahara Las Vegas is gearing up with a new set of health and safety rules for its resort at the north end of the Strip. The company says it has “worked with experts to establish hundreds of additional practices to minimize risk to guests and team members.”
Among new guidelines at restaurants and bars, the resort says it will follow Southern Nevada Health District and Food and Drug Administration requirements. Resort restaurants, including Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Uno Más Street Tacos + Spirits and Bella Bistro, will eliminate reusable menus and use single-use items and contactless payment systems. All restaurants and bars will have limited seating for appropriate social distancing between diners, and once customers leave, their chair and table will be sanitized and sanitized before the next diner arrives.
The resort also plans to use BioProtect, an antimicrobial protectant that claims to prevent surface contamination for about 90 days on doorknobs, gaming chips, elevator buttons and slot machine panels.
On the gaming floor, players of live table games will be asked to wear cloth masks and to step away from the game if they want to smoke. Table rails, chairs, dice and tokens will receive additional sanitization and card players will not be able to touch their cards. The resort has added space between slot machines and players can ask an attendant to sanitize a slot machine before playing.
Sisolak can allow Nevada casinos to reopen on June 4, as long as the number of COVID-19 cases does not increase over Memorial Day weekend. The governor plans to hold a press conference on Tuesday after speaking to health officials and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which will determine whether casinos can reopen.
Sisolak closed all non-essential businesses, including casinos, on March 17. Currently, Nevada is in the first phase of reopening, with restaurants, including some in casinos, allowed to reopen with restrictions. If coronavirus cases continue to decline and hospital capacity to handle new cases remains available, it could move into the next phase of reopening the state for business.
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