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Vegas Dealers To Wear Masks, Casino Patrons To Get Temps Checked In Reopening Plan

LAS VEGAS (CBSLA) - Talks are underway on how casinos in Las Vegas will operate in the COVID-19 era once they open up as early as next month.

The normally bustling Las Vegas Boulevard, a hotspot for Southern Californians, is all but abandoned amid the coronavirus shutdowns.

Of course, Vegas is driven by tourism. On Wednesday, the city's mayor expressed outrage at the shutdown, meant to slow the spread of the virus.

"This shutdown has become one of total insanity in my opinion," said Mayor Carolyn Goodman. "For there is no backup of data as to why we are shut down from the start. It makes no sense."

Las Vegas Casinos Close Their Doors In Response To Coronavirus Pandemic
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 19: Signs at the Aria Resort & Casino and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas display messages as parts of the Las Vegas Strip go dark as a result of the statewide shutdown due to the coronavirus continuing to spread across the United States on March 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Tuesday, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced a statewide closure of all nonessential businesses, including all hotel-casinos on the Strip, for at least 30 days to help combat the spread of the virus. The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Executives with Caesars Entertainment Corp., MGM Resorts International, Wynn Resorts Ltd., and Las Vegas Sands Corp. are mulling several measures that would be in place when they reopen with as little as a third of their rooms available, according to Bloomberg.

Casino entrances would be limited, guests would have their temperatures checked using noninvasive methods, and employees - including dealers - would wear masks and gloves under the plan.

Gamblers' chairs would be placed at least one chair apart at blackjack tables, the report stated.

Executives are also considering implementing facilities near casinos so that all employees and possibly tourists can undergo COVID-19 testing.

Reopening the city, which relies on activities that entail large gatherings, may prove difficult.

"In some ways it's easier to close than to re-open because you have to do an awful lot of thinking about what services you're going to be able to provide to make it a compelling experience for guests," said Gary Selesner, Caesars Palace president.

The city, the largest gambling market in the U.S., was shut down after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered all casinos statewide to close for 30 days in mid-March to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The order was later extended to April 30.

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