June 25, 2022

Wynn Las Vegas will remain closed due to the nationwide shutdown due to the continued spread of the coronavirus on April 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Wynn Las Vegas quickly changed its rules on masks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on Thursday that people who received the coronavirus vaccine are not required to wear masks outdoors or indoors.

In a press release on Friday, the company said it will tell its Encore and Wynn guests the CDC policy that they must wear a mask if they are not vaccinated.

It is important that the casino does not check the vaccination status.

“The resort trusts that guests will take appropriate precautions based on their personal vaccination status,” Wynn Las Vegas said in a statement.

However, the company requires its employees to provide proof of vaccination before they can put their masks aside. The company said 91% of its employees had already received their recordings.

“Last night we saw an increase in the remaining unvaccinated employees looking for vaccination options,” said Michael Weaver, a spokesman for Wynn Resorts.

The change was made possible because the Nevada Gaming Control Board, which sets the rules for casinos, reacted quickly to update its rules. It is neither required nor prohibited by casinos to ask for proof of vaccination. It also states that casinos can set rules on masks that are more restrictive than the CDC’s guidelines.

MGM Resorts is also changing its policy, allowing fully vaccinated customers to go mask-free at its Las Vegas properties. However, employees must wear masks.

The new policy will take effect at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Matt Maddox, CEO of Wynn, was an early adopter of Covid’s safeguards and publicly released a detailed plan for dealing with the spread. Under the guidance of an infectious disease expert, the company set up test and vaccination centers for its employees. In April, Maddox gave staff a choice: take your recordings or undergo weekly Covid tests. As a result, workers’ vaccination rates increased.

Now Wynn and Encore are working with other Las Vegas casinos to operate at 100% capacity as is now allowed, and all of the Plexiglas partitions have been removed from the table games and slot machines.

According to the CDC, about 58.9% of adults in the United States have received at least one dose of vaccine, and 45.6% of those over 18 are fully vaccinated.