Las Vegas Mayor: business shut down “total insanity”

Mayor Carolyn Goodman says “being closed is killing us already” as casino operators ready for re-opening.

US.- Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman, has criticised the Governor’s decision to shut down businesses, including casinos, in the state and said the situation was “total insanity”.

“Being closed is killing us already, and killing Las Vegas, our industry, our convention and tourism business that we have all worked so hard to build,” Goodman said.

“The longer we wait to do this, the more impossible it will become to recover,” she added.

Goodman’s comments come as businesses in the state are staring to talk about the potential of re-opening their doors as soon as possible.

According to Bloomberg, casino executives from different companies are informally discussing different precautionary measures they will need to implement when the lockdown is officially lifted.

One suggestion is to open casinos at one-third capacity, with temperature checks put in place and gaps left between gaming seats. Employees would also be required to wear masks and gloves.

“We’re asking the companies to have more cleaning everywhere — the rooms, casino, special teams to work with new chemicals,” Geoconda Argüello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer of Culinary Workers Union Local 226, said.

These measures are similar to those in Macau. In addition to wearing face masks and undertaking temperature checks on staff and visitors, the regulator is also requesting that gaming tables be placed a safe distance apart.

Guests must also leave a space between one another when sat at a gaming table and similar rules will be applied to slot machines, with visitors leaving an empty machine between one another.

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