Some Las Vegas Casinos Limit Smoking At Table Games

Some Atlantic City Casinos Banning It Outright

Associated Press
July 16, 2020 - 5:21 am
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several Las Vegas casinos are limiting smoking as a way to keep patrons from removing the protective face masks they are required to wear.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. in mid-June updated its policy to ask that table game players and spectators do not smoke or vape.

Sands spokesman Keith Salwoski told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the change was made when the state required face coverings at table games, But he declined to offer more detail about the reason for the change at the Venetian and Palazzo resorts.

Wynn Resorts Ltd., which owns the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, has designated any table games without a Plexiglas barrier as nonsmoking areas. For table games with the barriers, gamblers are required to wear a mask unless they are smoking. 

Wynn spokesman Michael Weaver said the company’s policy evolved since the casinos’ June 4 reopening. 

Some groups had urged gambling regulators to ban smoking outright in casinos. Nevada regulators allowed smoking, but their New Jersey counterparts banned it from Atlantic City casinos when they reopened.