The COVID-19 virus has crippled the land-based casino industry, with many casinos having shut their doors more than three months ago.
Slowly, more and more of these casinos are beginning to open up, but with a new set of regulations and measures in place to keep staff and workers safe.
One casino in Tracy, California, has decided to take advantage of the nice weather and open up outside in a bid to enhance safety for players and staff.
More Relaxed Rules for Outdoor Activities
For most land-based casinos, the capacity inside needs to be cut in half, with constant sanitization of surfaces.
However, activities outside where people have at least 4 square meters per person the gathering numbers is allowed to be higher.
So, the Stars Casino in Tracey has opted to create an outside casino, using a cloth structure to provide shade from the harsh sun that’s present in California.
This is a pretty novel idea and is a great way to provide employees and patrons with grater peace of mind while enjoying the lovely weather this time of year.
The casino voluntarily shuts its doors back in March and is finally reopening, giving staff a new lease of life and chance to earn money.
Everyone gets temperature checked when entering, tables only have a max of four players and surfaces are constantly being cleaned by staff.
The Stars Casino has worked closely with state officials to ensure that it opened carefully and following the letter of the law.
Not So Rosy Over in Vegas
Over in Las Vegas, the COVID situation is not all so rosy as the Culinary Union has reported that more than 350 workers and family members have all tested positive since casinos reopened.
For casinos in Las Vegas to reopen, they needed to comply with a new set of regulations and guidelines, which many are.
However, according to reports from the Culinary Union, many casinos aren’t handing out PPE to employees and patrons aren’t being forced to wear it either.
This has led to restaurants not properly cleaning after detected cases of COVID and much more, putting the lives of countless individuals in place.
In Illinois, casinos have been threatened with revocation of their licenses if they’re caught breaking any COVID019 regulations.
This is a much-needed course of action, as not only are casinos putting their patrons at risk, but they’re also endangering the lives of staff and their families.
It Could All Be Over Soon
If the COVID situation continues to spiral out of control, we could see more and more casinos being forced to close down once more.
The UK has already postponed the reopening of casinos in England, and we’re likely to see this continue to happen as summer phases out and tourism dies down in Europe.
It appears as if governments in Europe are cashing in on the summer weather to make as much money as possible, and will then put countries back on lockdown for the winter months.
If this is the case, we could see many casinos around Europe closing their doors as the summer months draw to an end.