McCarran International Airport in Nevada—the most popular entryway to Las Vegas' casinos and hotels—has installed PPE vending machines in an effort to attract travelers and reignite travel.
These vending machines sell gloves, face masks, hand sanitizer, and alcohol wipes. McCarran says it was the first airport to install them. Disposable masks retail for $7.50 for three while a reusable mask costs $14.50.
“A lot has changed for all of us recently and we’re all trying to learn new behaviors, and that certainly applies in the airport environment and travel now,” said Christine Crews, airport spokeswoman.
Most retail businesses in Nevada opened for in-person service on May 9, however, casino resorts were excluded, and it's unclear exactly when they will be allowed to reopen. Tourism is the major driver of Nevada's economy, making reopening, when it's safe to do so, a priority for the state.
McCarran airport has also unveiled a public awareness campaign with Vegas-themed messages reminding travelers to maintain social distancing and other recommendations. One such message says, "Always Split Aces: Stay 6 feet Apart."
The CDC does not required air travelers to wear masks, though it does recommend a cloth face covering when in community settings.
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