Nevada Gaming Control Board releases Health and Safety Policies for Reopening after Temporary Closure

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On May 1, the Nevada Gaming Control Board released the guidelines for all gaming licensees and other interested persons, their Health and Safety Policies for Reopening after Temporary Closure policy.

Pursuant to section 13 of Governor Sisolak’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 016, issued on April 29, 2020, gaming operations in this State may not resume until the Nevada Gaming Control Board deems it is safe to do so.

Section 13 of Emergency Directive 016 also requires the Board to create policies to effectuate a safe, measured, and incremental resumption of gaming operations.

To meet its obligation under Emergency Directive 016, the Board issues the following:

Health and Safety Policies for the Resumption of Gaming Operations: Nonrestricted Licensees
Health and Safety Policies for the Resumption of Gaming Operations: Restricted Licensees

In conjunction with state and local health officials, the Board will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and its effect on the resumption of gaming operations and will issue further notices as appropriate.

Here are some abstracts from the documents:

HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES FOR RESUMPTION OF GAMING OPERATIONS
NONRESTRICTED LICENSEES

Employee and Patron Health Concerns:

Signage should be posted throughout the property reminding employees and patrons of proper hygiene, including, without limitation, proper handwashing, how to cover coughs and sneezes and to avoid touching their faces…..

Gaming Machines:

Plans must ensure that the floor plan for gaming machines creates proper social distancing between patrons. For example, chairs and stools in front of every other gaming machines could be removed so that patrons do not sit next to each another, or licensees could propose other measures to ensure proper distance between patrons. Additionally, licensees should assign employees to focus on ensuring guests do not congregate in groups.

Plans must address how gaming machines, devices, chairs, and other ancillary equipment will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. Plans should also address the availability of hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes for patron use on the gaming floor.

Table Games and Card Games:

Plans must limit the number of patrons based on type of game to ensure proper distance between players by limiting the number of seats or betting positions per table. For example, player limit per table should be limited to: three players per blackjack table, six players per craps 4 table, four players per roulette table, and four players per poker table. Casino supervisors and managers must ensure that patrons do not congregate in groups around gaming tables.

Licensees should ensure dealers have hand sanitizer available to offer to patrons throughout their shifts.

Plans should ensure regular cleaning and disinfection of, without limitation, table games, rails, chairs, dice, card shoes, shufflers, roulette wheels, Pai Gow tiles, pit podiums, blackjack discard holders, and toke boxes when a new player or employee comes into contact with any of the aforementioned gaming equipment. Plans should also address how licensees will disinfect cards and chips.

Race & Sportsbooks, Keno Lounges, and Bingo Halls:

Plans must ensure that patrons do not congregate in groups and practice proper distancing in these areas. Plans must address how the race & sportsbook, keno lounge, bingo hall, and any other gaming area will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. Plans should also address the availability of hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes for patron use in these areas.

Occupancy Limits

In order to achieve the social distancing guidelines issued by federal, state, and local health authorities, Plans must limit a property’s occupancy to no more than fifty percent (50%) of the occupancy limit assigned to each gaming area of the property by local building and fire codes. Licensees’ Plans should detail how compliance with this occupancy limit reduction will be achieved, which may include, without limitation, head counts by security personnel, utilization of a licensee’s existing surveillance systems, and making use of a licensee’s slot accounting system to aid in monitoring the number of patrons on the casino floor.

You can find more info by reading the linked policy guidelines found above.

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