Caesars plans phased reopening with enhanced health protocols

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Several Caesars Entertainment properties, including the High Roller Observation Wheel at the Linq, were lit red May 5 to honor hospitality workers.
Several Caesars Entertainment properties, including the High Roller Observation Wheel at the Linq, were lit red May 5 to honor hospitality workers. Photo Credit: Las Vegas News Bureau/Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Caesars Entertainment anticipates a phased reopening of its properties as demand and capacity dictate in each market, including Las Vegas.

"We look forward to welcoming our guests and team members back to our properties as soon as it is appropriate to do so," Tony Rodio, Caesars' CEO, said on May 11. "We are implementing new protocols focused on the well-being of our team members, guests and communities to create environments with high standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices."

In a call with investors, Rodio said Caesars Palace could be the first to open on the Las Vegas Strip. Depending on demand, up to four properties of the company's nine Strip properties could open by the end of the month.

Like other large resort companies, Caesars has developed a comprehensive health and safety program to comply with federal and other authorities' recommendations to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. The company released a video on May 13 to discuss the new procedures.

The health and safety plan includes enhanced cleaning and sanitization of public spaces and guestrooms. Caesars will encourage social distancing practices, including limiting table game spots and slot machines.

Nongaming offerings such as entertainment, restaurants and bars will likely be reopened on a phased basis with limited capacity, according to a Caesars press statement. Spaces where guests or employees line up, including check-in, elevator lobbies, taxi lines, employee break rooms and cafeterias, will be marked for appropriate social distancing.

All employees will be provided with a mask and will be required to wear a mask while at work. Some employees may receive additional personal protective equipment based on their role. Guests will be strongly encouraged to wear masks, which will be provided by Caesars.

Caesars will also implement a health-screening program for all employees as part of the process of reopening properties.

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