The United States has been hit hardest by the corona virus by far. Unfortunately, there is still no prospect of improvement. For these reasons, the measures for the casinos in Las Vegas were taken: Only 25 percent of the previous visitors are allowed to enter the arcades.
The measures published this week should apply for at least three weeks. This is intended to contain the corona pandemic. At least the numbers shouldn’t continue to rise. However, it is questionable whether the casinos are really to blame for the spread of the virus.
Despite these strict measures, the experts do not see the decision as a bad one. In general, there is less activity in the weeks before Christmas. This year, due to the corona pandemic, many large events will not take place. For this reason, too, fewer visitors would have come. This statement applies not only to the casinos, but also to the room occupancy. Therefore, the measures would not come at the worst possible moment.
Reducing the number of guests isn’t the only new measure, however. It is also required that the arrangement of the chairs is different than usual. The purpose of this is clear, but: The experts, including the founder of the gaming management consultancy LaunchVegas, see no point in this.
Incidentally, the reduction in the number of people not only affects casinos, but also other businesses such as fitness centers and bars. Nothing has yet been published about their attitude to these measures. One reason why the new rules are being accepted relatively calmly is the reason that the casinos were only allowed a capacity utilization of 50 percent so far. Thus, the gambling operators were able to adapt to the changed situation.
Guest safety comes first
The understanding of the casino operators also results from the high number of cases: After all, almost 3,000 new cases are known every day. These only relate to a small region or even a city. For this reason, the casinos have implemented strict hygiene measures of their own accord, which are intended to protect both staff and guests.
One of these regulations is the mask requirement, which of course still applies. One can only hope that the reduced number of visitors will finally lead to a decrease in the number of cases. Governor Steve Sisolak assumes this, which is why the controls continue.
As part of these controls, it should be determined whether everyone adheres to the specifications. So far this has not been a problem and no violations have been identified. After all, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has carried out 15,000 controls that did not result in any complaints.
If an inspection reveals that a casino is not complying with the regulations, severe penalties could be imposed. These are not just fines. The license could also be withdrawn.
The casino operators may also be satisfied with the measures because they are not allowed to stay open. In Germany, all arcades, casinos and betting offices are currently closed again. The lockdown will unfortunately be extended further, at least until December 20th, 2020. In the worst case, the lockdown will run until spring. From this point of view, it is still better to work with fewer guests than not to be open at all.
Some areas closed permanently
In the past few weeks, some casinos have made their own decisions: They have closed their poker rooms. Either these will only be closed temporarily, as the number of visitors decreased by itself. Or they are closed permanently. The corona pandemic, which has been going on for months, has definitely had a negative impact on the economy and therefore the casinos are also affected by a drop in sales. Somehow they have to counteract this reduced income and, in some cases, reduce costs.
For this reason, something is restricted in almost every gambling establishment. This leads to fewer staff, which saves costs. Others reduce the culinary offer. This should also save costs. Nonetheless, all of this means that customers are increasingly turning to online offerings.