The coronavirus pandemic has caused major changes across the globe that are hard to cope up with. Different establishments will not be the same, even when the pandemic is over. According to Fox News' latest report, one of the affected places is Las Vegas, where casinos will welcome its guests with temperature scans, plastic dividers, and masks in the new normal.
"We were expecting to be back by now, I was totally shocked. I'm like wow, it came in like a thief in the night," stated Frankie Brown, a floor supervisor who has worked at Circus-Circus for 37 years. Brown didn't expect that it would be the last time she'll be able to work at Circus Circus after heading home.
In order to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Las Vegas Strip shut down on Mar. 17 because of COVID-19. However, the casinos starting to prepare to reopen as the country slowly transitions back to work.
"It will be different. There will be a new normal. But I think we can work together to create a very, you know, they've always talked about that only in Vegas [experience]," said Gordon Prouty, Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino vice president of public relations and community affairs, in the report of Fox News.
"It will still be that experience. We just got to make sure that it's safe as well as fun," he added.
Steve Sisolak, the governor of Nevada, announced last week that the casinos will be allowed to operate starting on June 4.
Masks, temperature scans, and plastic dividers
According to Fox News, the reopening plan must be submitted by each casino in Las Vegas, at least seven days before the tentative reopening schedules, following the gaming control board guidelines. The guideline includes 50 percent limit capacity, enhanced cleaning protocols, and social-distancing measures.
Westgate casino gave an inside look at the safety and health measures it is implementing before it reopens on June 8, to ensure the safety of its guests. The WestgateCares Program launched by the casino outlines its roadmap to reopen and help the community in fighting the spread of COVID-19 by pledging to share its resources.
The casino employees and guests will undergo temperature checks before entering. Plexiglass barriers will be utilized at certain gaming machines, and the front desk, including removal of chairs, at every slot machine to properly execute social distancing.