Grand Sierra Resort And Sahara Las Vegas Fined For COVID-19 Violations

According to documents filed with Nevada gaming regulators, Grand Sierra Resort and Sahara Las Vegas will pay a $75,000 fine for COVID-19 violations.

According to the settlement, the Reno and Las Vegas resorts, both owned by the Meruelo Company, “do not admit or deny” claims in two lawsuit regulators filed against them in August. But, if the matters entered evidence hearings, operators” believe the (Nevada Gaming Commission) could meet its burden of proof. The Nevada Gaming Commission was scheduled to discuss Thursday’s settlement, reports the Reno Gazette-Journal.

According to a Meruelo Group release, the resorts have accepted and corrected the conditions detailed in the complaints.

A statement read: “Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our guests and team members and we will continue to work cooperatively with government agencies to meet these high standards and ensure compliance across our resorts.”

In August, the Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a lawsuit against Sahara Las Vegas, indicating that a property on The Strip has faced such a regulatory uproar for failing to comply with the COVID-19 safety regulations of Nevada for the first time. The Sahara complaint claimed that the resort hosted a lunch event on July 23, attended by an estimated 135 people. The coronavirus mandate for Nevada only provides for meetings of up to 50 participants. A separate count alleged that the hotel-casino permitted casino gamblers on June 16 to violate the rules of social distance at craps and blackjack tables.

Nevada regulators said that gaming officers observed hundreds of maskless Grand Sierra guests inside the hotel-casino in an Aug. 7 complaint. Resort workers, the complaint said, were not requiring certain clients to wear masks.