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More Nevada casinos target June reopening date with restrictions

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As Las Vegas aims to reopen its casinos in June after temporarily being shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, other casinos are looking to do the same. (Photo: Eureka Casino Resort)

As Las Vegas aims to reopen its casinos in June after temporarily being shut down to stop the spread of coronavirus, other casinos are looking to do the same.

Tourists will be allowed back into the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite and casinos in West Wendover as early as June 4.

“We know how important it is for people to be able to confidently return to doing the things that they love,” said Andre Carrier, chief operating officer of Eureka Casino Resort. "To that end, we have taken every step to implement a plan that protects our employee-owners and their families, our guests, and the communities in which we work and live."

Let’s be clear: the objective is to make our property an inhospitable environment for the virus, while still leaving the Eureka very much the warm, friendly, and hospitality-centric environment guests have known and loved for years.

Outline of the Eureka Casino safety plan:

  • Social distancing: physical markers and protective plexiglass barriers throughout the property, limiting daily casino capacity, substantially spreading out and reconfiguring the casino slot floor, and reducing seating at all restaurants and bars, as well as reduced seating at all table games.
  • Employee-owners: conducting daily health screening, providing protective equipment, training all on COVID-19 safety measures and best practices.
  • Guests: providing protective equipment and sanitizers for guests.
  • Cleaning: casino and hotel will be cleaned and sanitized throughout each day, including the sanitization of chairs, table games and rails, chips, cards, slot machines, all food & beverage outlets, and hotel rooms.
  • “Clean Team”: the creation of a new department, the “Clean Team,” who will be ever present and whose sole job will be to personally prepare and sanitize any gaming area, upon request, for guests.

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“As part of our promise to guests and employee-owners, we will continue to work with health experts and government officials to act rapidly as guidance continues to evolve. In doing so, we’re joining a determined and hopeful global community that has responded with courage to this unique challenge," Carrier said in a prepared statement.

We look forward to welcoming guests back to the Eureka, we’re well prepared, and now, finally, we are ready to play.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak set a tentative June 4 date for reopening casinos. The Democratic governor said in a statement Friday that Nevada has continued to see decreasing cases of the coronavirus and hospitalizations of coronavirus when some restrictions were eased nearly two weeks ago.

“I have informed the chair of the Gaming Control Board that I feel confident in the June 4 target date,” Sisolak said in a prepared statement on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports properties have aimed for an early June restart in the gambling mecca closed almost overnight in the middle of a hot streak — three consecutive $1 billion months in statewide casino winnings. The city had been drawing more than 40 million annual visitors.

But, not every resort amenity will reopen. Nightclubs, dayclubs, buffets and large venues will remain closed. Cirque du Soleil shows will stay dark, for now.

Signs everywhere will remind guests of the new rules: Wash your hands; keep distance from others; limit your elevator ride to your sanitized room to just four people.

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