The Nevada Gaming Control Board allowed the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to open at 100 percent capacity and remove plexiglass barriers and social distancing requirements on the casino floor on Tuesday. The resort reached an 80 percent vaccination rate among its active workforce, offering $1 million in cash bonuses to vaccinated employees.
On April 13, the Cosmopolitan started an internal campaign to educate, incentivize, and facilitate onsite employee vaccinations. Cosmopolitan employees were provided numerous resources and opportunities to educate themselves, ask questions, and make the decision to vaccinate with in person and virtual round-table sessions that included medical professionals. Staff signed up for vaccination appointments via QR codes.
The resort is also offering a raffle for employees to win $10,000 if the resort reached an 85 percent vaccination rate by May 8. Other incentives included resort gift cards and giveaways, access to an onsite vaccination clinic available during all shifts, and the opportunity to vaccinate immediate household members.
While the casino floor is now at 100 percent, the state still requires everyone to wear a mask.
Cosmopolitan joins Wynn Las Vegas at 100 percent capacity. Wynn reported vaccinating 88 percent of its employees on Monday.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board says that individual resort properties can waive their county’s occupancy rates by applying directly to the board.
Clark County remains at 80 percent capacity with the hope that if at least 60 percent of the 1.8 million eligible residents in Clark County receive at least one dose COVID-19 vaccinations, it can remove capacity limits and social distancing requirements. Both the 14-day average test positivity needs to remain at 5 percent or below and running weekly cases have to stay below 1,150 cases. Then the county plans to lift all capacity and social distancing restrictions, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board indicated that it will follow that guidance.