Nevada Gaming Control Board: 2020-43 Updated Health and Safety Policies for Reopening after Temporary Closure

 

This Industry Notice amends the “Health and Safety Policies for the Resumption of Gaming Operations: Nonrestricted Licensees,” and supersedes Industry Notices #2020-25 and #2020-30 for purposes of the policy for nonrestricted licensees.

Based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has updated its policy for nonrestricted licensees in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 between people who are in close contact with each other for at least 15 minutes.

To meet its obligation under section 35 of Governor Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 021, the Board reissues the following:

Health and Safety Policies for the Resumption of Gaming Operations: Nonrestricted Licensees

Substantive updates to the policy for nonrestricted licensees are as follows:

Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required or recommended by federal, state, or local authorities. When required or recommended, licensees must ensure that PPE is utilized by employees and provide training on how to properly use and dispose of all PPE (page 3).

Plans must provide for the availability of face masks or cloth face coverings for patrons and guests upon request. Upon entering the gaming establishment, licensees must offer all patrons and guests a face covering or have dedicated signage throughout the establishment notifying patrons that face coverings are available. Licensees must ensure that face coverings are provided upon request (page 4).

Licensees must require patrons to wear face coverings at table and card games if there is no barrier, partition, or shield between the dealer and each player. This requirement applies to table and card game players, spectators, and any other person within 6 feet of any table or card game (page 4).

Pursuant to section 22 of Governor Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 021, musical performances, live entertainment, concerts, competitions, sporting events, and any events with live performances may resume, but shall remain closed for public attendance, and the Board must approve such an event prior to it taking place. To facilitate the approval of such events, the Board issues the following:

Closed Event Policy for Gaming Establishments

In conjunction with state and local health officials, the Board will continue to ensure that best practices are used in the mitigation of COVID-19, and its effect on the resumption of gaming operations, and will issue further notices as appropriate.