Caesars Entertainment requires all guests to wear masks inside all hotel-casinos

LAS VEGAS - All guests at Caesars entertainment hotels must now wear face cover at all times unless they are eating or drinking.
The updated mask policy went live on Wednesday afternoon and applies to all Caesars properties open in Louisiana, Mississippi, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada and Indiana, as well as tribal properties in Arizona, California and North Carolina.
"We have promised that Caesars will continue to evaluate the latest recommendations, guidelines, and medical knowledge related to the COVID-19 public health emergency and will change our improved health and safety protocols accordingly," said Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars , in a statement. "As a result, we immediately require everyone to wear masks in our homes, as scientific evidence strongly suggests that wearing masks and practicing social distance can be the primary deterrent to spreading COVID-19 from person to person."
Caesars' mandate comes in the same week that the operator of five reopened strip hotel casinos started an action where mask-wearing guests can play $ 20 free.
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Merchants in masks are waiting for customers before the Hotel and Casino D Las Vegas reopens in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after the temporary closure against the corona virus. (AP Photo / John Locher)
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Merchants and other employees must wear masks or face shields in accordance with the regulations for reopening the gambling authority.
Masks are recommended for visitors only in Las Vegas casinos, not mandatory, and many did not during the reopening week.
When the Caesars Palace reopened on June 4, an employee distributing masks with pliers at an entrance estimated that 80% of the visitors did not distribute masks.
But COVID-19 cases are growing in Nevada and the U.S., and government officials are under pressure to require masks for all casino visitors.
Nevada falls are rising
Nevada has crowned 14,000 cases of COVID-19 and added another 365 new cases on Wednesday.
A total of 14,362 Nevadans tested positive for coronavirus, according to new numbers released Wednesday morning's Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
The number of people who died from the disease rose to 494.
The state's top four one-day gains were all recorded within the past week, according to government data.
Las Vegas restaurants close due to COVID-19
As COVID-19 cases increase in Nevada, several restaurants have closed after employees there tested positive for the contagious respiratory disease.
Three employees at the Sahara Northside Café tested positive, the hotel said in a statement on Monday that it should be closed.
Last week, two Flamingo employees tested positive for the corona virus, and restaurants at the Bellagio and Linq Hotel - including Guy Fieri's Las Vegas Kitchen Bar - were closed after they received COVID-19 there.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said he would also support local executives who set stricter restrictions and encourage business owners to require employees and customers to wear face masks.
"We are not after COVID," said Sisolak, who is expected to provide an update on the state's COVID 19 response plans on Wednesday. "We are in the middle of it."
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Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and the USA Today Network. Are you interested in democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal.
This article originally appeared in the Reno Gazette Journal: Caesars Entertainment requires all guests to wear masks at all resorts

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