MGM Resorts International CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle has recommended all staff to get vaccinated “as soon as possible,” citing “rapid surge in COVID-19 case numbers” in Las Vegas.
This comes after the Nevada Gaming Control Board issued two emergency directives earlier this week, with Governor Steve Sisolak updating that, regardless of vaccination status, individuals in areas of substantial or high transmission should wear a mask in public indoor settings, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021.
According to the CDC, the counties of Carson City, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Washoe, and White Pine are classified as “high risk.”
‘Another disheartening step backward’
Hornbuckle addresses “another disheartening step backward” in a letter to employees, amid fears that increasingly restrictive measures, such as a return to social distance and capacity restrictions, could be on the way, inflicting “a significant blow to our community, industry, and economy.”
The MGM CEO added: “So please, get the vaccine as soon as possible. It is safe, and it is effective. If you’re still unsure, ask your doctor – the person you trust most to provide informed, professional medical advice regarding the health of you and your family. But please, do it as soon as possible.
“Our region’s low vaccination rate is putting us back on the path to overrun hospitals, unnecessary deaths, fewer tourists, and possible furloughs and layoffs. None of us want that. After the pain endured by so many these past 16 months – and the tremendous progress made in 2021 – I can think of no more damaging scenario for us as a community.
“I believe in the power and value of civic responsibility. I know that Las Vegas is a caring community and that, when things get tough, we’re capable of stepping up to meet the moment. We are in such a moment!”