Ed Komenda, Reno Gazette Journal
Published 3:39 p.m. PT June 19, 2020 | Updated 9:34 p.m. PT June 19, 2020
The Las Vegas Strip is slowly awakening after a nearly 80-day slumber due to the coronavirus crisis.
LAS VEGAS – Two weeks after reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown, a pair of employees at Flamingo have tested positive for the contagious illness.
Caesars Entertainment confirmed the cases Friday but would not comment where the employees worked inside the iconic Strip hotel-casino.
“Contact tracing protocols were followed,” Caesars spokesman Richard Broome said in an email to the USA TODAY Network.
The positive tests at Flamingo came two days after an employee at the Bellagio’s Mayfair Supper Club tested positive for COVID-19, and the restaurant closed.
“We will be sanitizing the work area and determining who they may have come in contact with for both tracing and testing,” MGM Resorts spokesman Brian Ahern said.
The USA TODAY Network asked MGM Resorts when the Mayfair Supper Club might open again, but as of Wednesday night the company did not have an answer.
The closure comes two weeks after casinos opened in the wake of a pandemic shutdown that lasted almost three months.
Masks required at table games
Meanwhile, health and safety requirements continue evolving in hotel-casinos.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board updated its health and safety policy for casinos on Wednesday, tightening rules for gamblers sitting down to play.
Nevada gamblers are now required to wear face masks at table games that have no barriers.
“Licensees must require patrons to wear face coverings at table and card games if there is no barrier, partition, or shield between the dealer and each player,” the board wrote in a notice to licensees. “This requirement applies to table and card game players, spectators, and any other person within 6 feet of any table or card game.”
Patrons are not required to wear masks inside restaurants.
Nevada’s case count increasing
For the second time this week, Nevada set a new record for the most COVID-19 cases recorded in a single day.
Nevada’s known cases of coronavirus jumped by 410 on Friday, according to new numbers from the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard, bringing the state’s total to 12,486 known cases.
The previous record high, set on Monday, June 15, was 379 new cases in a single day.
As Nevada continues to see spikes in coronavirus cases amid the state’s reopening, Gov. Steve Sisolak said Friday he will consider imposing stricter mask-wearing policies in the state.
His announcement on Twitter comes one day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom made wearing masks in public spaces mandatory.
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