MGM Resorts International and Caesars Entertainment have implemented a mandatory mask requirement across the US network of each operator at all properties.
The latter has announced that everyone will be required to wear masks at all times indoors at their properties, except when eating or drinking. Yesterday the updated policy became effective and applies to all property employees, vendors , contractors, guests and passers-by. All the staff plus guests at table games had previously been required to wear masks at Caesars properties.
In addition, Caesars will also continue to implement enhanced safety and health requirements in its revised operational plans. The company will take steps to ensure that everyone wears a mask inside its properties, with anyone refusing to be directed to leave after being asked to.
The universal mask requirement will apply to all currently open Caesars businesses in Louisiana , Mississippi, Iowa, Missouri, Nevada and Indiana as well as tribal properties in Arizona , California and North Carolina.
Additional Caesars properties will also be subject to the requirement as they reopen in Maryland, Pennsylvania , New Jersey, Illinois and Ontario. Caesars plans to continue reopening properties in accordance with regulatory approvals and demand from customers.
Tony Rodio, CEO of Caesars Entertainment said: “We promised that Caesars would continue to evaluate the latest recommendations, directives and medical science regarding the COVID-19 public health emergency and modify our enhanced health and safety protocols accordingly.
“As a result, we are immediately requiring everyone in our properties to wear masks, because the scientific evidence strongly suggests that wearing masks and practicing social distancing may be the most important deterrents to spreading COVID-19 from person to person.”
MGM also announced a national mask policy that will apply to all guests and visitors in public spaces at every MGM Resorts property in the U.S. The company had previously required all staff to wear masks, while the requirements for guest and visitor masks were based on local regulations
In a statement the company stated: “As part of our work to continually update and evolve our health and safety policies, we are now requiring masks for all guests and visitors inside public spaces. This will apply to all MGM Resorts properties across the United States and will become effective by Friday.
“If a guest is in need of a mask, we will provide one. We hope that our guests will do their part to help the collective efforts to curtail the spread of the virus. Guests who do not wish to comply will be asked to leave the property.
It is clear that the coronavirus still presents a significant public health threat, and masks have proven to be one of the best ways to curtail the spread. We want guests and employees to feel comfortable that we are putting their health and safety first.”