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The 'New Normal' in Vegas: Plexiglass, Hand-Washing Machines, and Thermal Imaging

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Las Vegas' casinos have been closed for months due to the coronavirus pandemic. But not anymore. As of June 4, casinos up and down the strip are reopening, albeit with new social distancing guidelines, including hand-washing machines and plexiglass at slot machines.

If you're planning to gamble in Sin City anytime soon, here's what to expect, according to Sports Illustrated's gambling analyst Frank Taddeo.

"The changes are tremendously different from the last time many people have visited the Las Vegas Strip," said Taddeo.

Most casinos are choosing to keep much of their properties shuttered, including convention halls, nightclubs, swimming pools, and shows. For what is reopening, new procedures have been implemented to account for COVID-19 safety concerns.

For example, at MGM's Bellagio, "All employees will be required to wear masks, while guests will only be strongly encouraged to do so but at table games, such as craps or roulette, the players won't only be encouraged, they're going to be required to wear those masks," said Taddeo. 

"One of the newest additions is going to be hand-washing stations built throughout the casino floor for employees and guests to use. They're also going to follow six-foot social distancing policy throughout the resort. That goes for the pool areas of eating areas everywhere. Everyone's going to be following the six-foot mandatory social distancing policy."

The Venetian and the Palazzo, among others, are implementing thermal imaging cameras at all of their entrances and exits. 

As of Friday morning, Las Vegas Sands  (LVS) - Get Free Report is up 1.3%, Wynn Resorts  (WYNN) - Get Free Report is up 1.05%, Caesars Entertainment Corporation  (CZR) - Get Free Report is up 1.3%, and MGM Resorts International  (MGM) - Get Free Report is up 3.2%.

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