LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued a memo to casinos this week reinforcing state COVID-19 capacity restrictions ahead of the Super Bowl.
"Please note that the Board will strictly enforce Directive 035, including, without limitation on February 07, 2021," the notice says in part.
Nevada Emergency Directive 035 limits public gatherings to 50 people or 25% capacity.
"All potential violations of Directive 035 occurring in the context of the Super Bowl game or otherwise will be investigated and, where appropriate, may result in disciplinary action," the board says.
Read the full memo below:
NOTICE TO LICENSEES
Notice # 2021-06
Issuing Division: Administration
DATE: January 20, 2021
TO: All Gaming Licensees and Other Interested Persons
FROM: J. Brin Gibson, Chairman
SUBJECT: Emergency Directive 035
In response to increasing COVID-19 positivity rates, and to manage the spread of the virus, on November 25, 2020, Governor Sisolak announced a statewide “Pause” and issued Emergency Directive 035 (Directive 035). Directive 035 terminated most of the public gathering provisions of Directive 033.
With COVID-19 positivity rates continuing to climb after the holiday season, Governor Sisolak extended the applicability of Directive 035 through February 14, 2021.
This Industry Notice is intended to remind licensees that, for Nevada Gaming Control Board (Board) purposes, each gaming property is still subject to the provisions of Directive 035, Section 8, which limits public gatherings to the lesser of 50 persons or 25% of the listed fire code capacity of the area in which such a gathering will occur. For properties of a gaming licensee with two or more distinct rooms, arenas, areas, or buildings, this provision may apply separately to each distinct gathering space where each gathering space is separated from other gathering spaces on the premises of the same property of the licensee by a rigid wall structure and where each gathering space has a distinct fire code occupancy capacity.
Finally, please note that the Board will strictly enforce Directive 035, including, without limitation on February 07, 2021. All potential violations of Directive 035 occurring in the context of the Super Bowl game or otherwise will be investigated and, where appropriate, may result in disciplinary action.
With vaccination now occurring and with Governor Sisolak’s recent reprioritization of front-line gaming employees in the vaccination queue, now is the time to ensure that the Nevada gaming industry can seize every available competitive advantage associated with widespread industry vaccination and rigorous safety and cleanliness practices. Short term gains achieved at the expense of the industry’s longer-term ability to rightly proclaim itself the safest tourism and convention host site in the world could prove shortsighted.