Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International, two of the largest gaming corporations in the United States have announced that they are now requiring guests to wear mandatory masks when visiting properties owned and operated by the two firms.
The mandatory mask rule applies to all properties in multiple states across the US, including Iowa, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and New Jersey among others.
The measures are part of the public health emergency surrounding Covid-19 and include a series of health and safety protocols that must be adhered to in order to protect and safeguard employees and patrons.
From the very beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, Caesars stated that they would continue to evaluate medical science and adjust company protocols accordingly.
Tony Rodio 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 Resorts International, which is also taking a serious and cautious approach to re-opening, said that it was willing to evolve its health and safety policies, particularly around public spaces and that it will provide a mask to guests if required.
The company said:
“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.”