No Face Mask, No Service, Say MGM and Caesars

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No face mask, no service. And certainly no gambling.

That's the message from both MGM Resorts (MGM) - Get Report and Caesars Entertainment (CZR) - Get Report who are doubling down in their efforts to combat Covid-19 with new rules requiring guests and patrons on their respective properties to wear face masks at all times – and not just in Las Vegas.

MGM said it will require that all guests wear face masks inside public spaces at all of its U.S. outlets effective Friday, as it moves to upgrade its coronavirus safety measures. Previously, the casino operator only required employees to wear masks.

Caesars, meanwhile, announced a similar mandate effective immediately. Both companies had previously mandated guests at its Las Vegas casinos wear masks only at table games that did not have barriers, in accordance with rules set by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The moves come as the U.S. continues to see confirmed cases of Covid-19 as well as an uptick in hospitalizations. A total of 34,700 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported on Wednesday, the highest level since late April, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In Las Vegas, visitors were encouraged but not mandated to don face masks when casinos reopened for business on June 4. However, a more recent surge in Covid-19 cases, particularly in Nevada, prompted the policy change.

Some 14,362 Nevadans have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the most recent figures compiled by the Nevada Health Alliance. The state’s four highest single-day increases have all been recorded within the past week, according to state data.