• Las Vegas' casino executives are reviewing measures to impose once they reopen
  • It is currently under lockdown, like most cities, because of the coronavirus
  • Apart from the coronavirus, they are also concerned about the current economy of the city

Las Vegas’ casino owners and executives are mulling plans on how to handle the reopening of the famous gambling city. They are dedicated to keeping returning guests and patrons safe by equipping their employees properly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Fox News, this included informal discussions about equipping dealers with personal protective equipment like masks and gloves. They also discussed opening nearby facilities so that employees — and tourists as well — could get tested for the coronavirus once they visit the town. Other measures also included social distancing rules, such as seating a fair distance at gambling tables.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak had announced the closure of businesses in the area to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This included movie theaters, restaurants, gyms, and bars. Caesars Entertainment CEO Tony Rodio was one of the first executives to follow this move, shutting down its owned properties in North America.

Not all in Nevada are in favor of closing it down completely. The city’s outspoken mayor, Mayor Carolyn Goodman, is one official who approves of re-opening the city soon. NBC reported that she has asked for the resumption of activities and businesses to prevent the city from “dying.”

Goodman said that the city was coming to “insanity” under the shutdown after Gov. Sisolak had declared that it was not yet ready to reopen to resume the idled economy. The city had already lost 1% of its more than 3 million people to the dreaded COVID-19.

Most people who are infected with the virus experience symptoms like fever and cough which clear up within two weeks. Others, such as the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions, aren’t as fortunate; they can face deadly complications such as pneumonia, which leads to death in most cases.

There has been no word yet from the governor whether Las Vegas will open, and if it is going to be soon. Sisolak did reiterate that his priority was the people and their protection from coronavirus. He said that he will heed the advice of the medical sector in the city and determine what’s in the best interest of the people health-wise.

Countries are closing their borders and cities from Las Vegas to New York are going into lockdown, hammering the global economy
Countries are closing their borders and cities from Las Vegas to New York are going into lockdown, hammering the global economy AFP / Bridget BENNETT