As Las Vegas casinos began to reopen on Thursday as per Nevada guidelines, customers returned in droves, but despite new health and safety regulations some venues struggled to maintain social distancing.
America’s gambling mecca began reopening on June 4, just over a week after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak first announced the news that they would be allowed to so and three months after they closed due to the pandemic.
Casinos are required to follow health and safety guidelines published by Nevada’s Gaming Control Board, including social distancing protocols, plexiglass barriers and temperature checks, not to mention casinos can only operate at 50% capacity.
Customers were eager to return and start gambling again, but in some cases, casinos struggled to maintain social distancing amid large crowds: A video of The D Las Vegas casino’s gaming floor shows it completely packed with people in close proximity to each other.
Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb recently warned that casinos are especially high-risk areas for the spread of coronavirus as they start to reopen.