Culinary Union Rolls Down Strip To Demand Casino Transparency In Re-Opening Policy

MGM, Wynn, Caesars Have All Released Re-Opening Guidelines

Mitch Kelly
May 13, 2020 - 5:40 am
A member enters the building of Culinary Workers Union, Local 226, February 13, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Culinary Union members took a caravan of vehicles down the Las Vegas Strip Tuesday afternoon to demand that casinos share their full re-opening plans and implement strong worker and visitor protections.

“Nevada has a chance to be a leader in the hospitality industry,” said Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “If casino companies will not release their plans and be transparent before reopening how can customers and workers know they will be safe?”

The Culinary Union is calling on Nevada casino companies to post their full safety guidelines and reopening plans on their website so that the public can access them promptly.

They're also asking Governor Steve Sisolak and Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick to call on the Nevada Gaming Commission to adopt the Culinary Union safety requirements and release gaming companies’ safety polices urgently.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada Gaming Commission, which is considered the final authority on regulations and licensing, approved rules that will require casinos to limit customers, keep gamblers spaced apart and disinfect dice, cards and all other surfaces upon reopening.

The union has called for more extensive proposals, including testing staff for COVID-19 and screening people, including guests, with temperature checks upon entry

Several casino companies, including MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts, and Caesars Entertainment, have publicly released plans on how they will operate once Governor Steve Sisolak gives the go-ahead for properties to re-open