This week’s gambling news finds more casino vaccinations becoming mandatory, with proof of a COVID vaccination needed before they allow guests in their doors. This comes a week after Harrah’s New Orleans lead the way by requiring proof of Coronavirus shots, or a negative COVID test, for their guests.
Hello friends! Thanks so much for joining me on another edition of This Week in Gambling! Our last show before my happy ass is out the door for a week’s vacation… just as the vaccination situation at casinos across America is getting serious. And that is this week’s big story. On our last show I told you that Harrah’s down in New Orleans had become the first casino in America to require proof of a COVID casino vaccination or a negative COVID test before they’d even let you in the doors. And this week it looks like more casinos are following their lead.
All casinos in New York City are now requiring people to show evidence that they have received the COVID vaccine before they’re allowed to enter. And starting next month, enforcement of this mandate will begin for all persons over 12 years old. Now, for a moment let’s forget about the obvious question of why a 12 year old would be in a casino, and instead focus on this: After September 13th if you’re caught in a New York casino without a COVID vaccination, you could face a fine of up to $5,000!
Also, you may have heard that MGM Resorts has made vaccinations mandatory for all newly hired employees in the state of Nevada. But actually, that mandate is affecting casino workers in no less than eight states. Casino employees in Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan and Maryland… New York, New Jersey, Ohio, and of course Nevada. They all face the same company requirement over the Coronavirus vaccination. And speaking of Nevada and Las Vegas, the Clark County Commission is now considering paying people to get the COVID vaccination, up to $100! For getting the shot! But it’s what the Commissioner had to say next that has people most concerned.
The commissioner is now warning people that soon… very soon… there will be a lot more places in Las Vegas that you cannot visit or work without proof that you’ve been vaccinated. And if that’s not ominous, I don’t know what is. Now remember, this is my last show before I take some time off on vacation. And a few of those days I will actually be in Las Vegas! When I come back I’ll share my experiences with you, from the hotel to the taxi ride… from the restaurants to the casino. Even what other guests are saying when I’m sitting beside them at the gaming tables.
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