Culinary Wants All Casino Guests To Wear Face Masks

Currently Only Required For Certain Table Games

Associated Press
June 23, 2020 - 5:08 am
Red Rock Casino floor on 6-4-20

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A union representing workers in Las Vegas casinos on Monday again called for all customers and workers in reopened casinos to wear face masks and for daily cleanings of guest rooms and regular testing of all workers for the coronavirus.

The Culinary Union said an order by gambling regulators last week protects dealers by requiring face masks to be worn by gamblers at table games. But the union said those same protections need to be broadened to protect bartenders, cocktail waitresses, cleaners and other workers who interact with guests.

The union is calling for the governor, Nevada Gaming Control Board and Clark County Commission, which oversees the Las Vegas Strip, to impose stricter safety measures.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, the union’s secretary-treasurer, said workers are afraid to go back to work because they know the number of virus cases is going up in Nevada. She said 17 union members or people in their immediate family have died from COVID-19 since the outbreak started in Nevada. 

Argüello-Kline questioned why Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak isn’t following the lead of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who last week required that people wear masks in most indoor settings and outdoors when they aren’t able to socially distance.

On Friday, Sisolak said in a tweet that he was asking a team of doctors who have been advising him to evaluate potential options for face-covering policies. 

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday that Atlantic City’s casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity and guests and employees will have to wear face masks and undergo some level of health screening.

Nevada’s casinos reopened June 4, after being closed for more than 11 weeks.

Two employees at the Flamingo tested positive, Caesars Entertainment said Friday. The company announced the next day that it temporarily closed Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at the Linq after an employee tested positive.  

Last week, the Mayfair Supper Club at the Bellagio closed for several days after an employee tested positive for the virus. It reopened Saturday.