Hands-free digital menus, single-use glasses on the casino floor, and every other chair removed from bars are just some of the new health and safety protocols in place at Golden Entertainment’s properties. The company behind the Strat, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur, Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, and PT’s Taverns, including PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Company, Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold, and SG Bar unveiled its plan to keep staff and customers safe when they visit.
On Wednesday, the Nevada Gaming Control Board is expected to release new guidelines for casinos to reopen statewide on June 4.
Golden Entertainment’s plan includes COVID-19 testing for team members before they return to work and health and safety training for staff. Casinos will be kept to 50 percent capacity, and everyone will have their temperatures checked when they enter the buildings.
Slot machines, countertops, tabletops, door handles, and seat surfaces will be frequently cleaned, while check-in kiosks at select hotels are cleaned after every use. Visitors will find hand sanitizers throughout each property, and restaurants will use hands-free digital menus that can be viewed via mobile devices.
The casino floors will look different too. Decks of cards will be replaced more frequently and sanitized, while gaming chips will be cleaned daily. Cashier and concierge desks wlll feature plexiglass barriers. All elevators, including inside the biggest attraction at the Strat, the observation deck from the tallest structure in Las Vegas, will also have reduced occupancy.
Sisolak closed all nonessential businesses including casinos on March 17. Right now, Nevada is in phase one of reopening, with dine-in restaurants, including some within casinos, permitted to reopen with restrictions. If coronavirus cases continue to decline and hospital capacity to treat new cases continues to remain available, he may move into the next phase of reopening the state for business. In the past, he’s said that casinos may reopen in phase three or four of his plan. But Sisolak appears to be fast-tracking casino reopenings into phase two of the state reopening for business.