Caesars Entertainment unveils plans to reopen casinos across USA
Gaming hotel and casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corporation has unveiled much-awaited plans for reopening its casinos and resorts across the nation that have been closed for around a couple of months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Revealing its casino reopening plans, the Reno, Nevada-headquartered entertainment company said that its 36 casinos and resorts that were temporarily closed by mid-March as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Nearly four casinos in Las Vegas may reopen to begin with.
Caesars Entertainment’s chief executive Tony Rodio said stressed that the company was looking forward to welcoming guests and employees, albeit with new protocols to ensure the wellbeing of people.
Announcing the plans, Rodio said, “We are implementing new protocols focused on the wellbeing of our team members, guests and communities to create environments with high standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices.”
Rodio further said that the company was in close contact with public health authorities, gaming regulators as well as with infectious disease specialists to create best environments for team members and guests.
Caesars Entertainment Corp., which is formerly called the Promus Companies & Harrah's Entertainment, runs more than fifty entertainment properties, including casinos, resorts and golf courses under different brands. It is one of the biggest public gaming companies in the world, majority-owned by a group of private equity firms led by Apollo Global Management, TPG Capital, and investor Carl Icahn. The entertainment company is particularly making its presence felt in regions like Las Vegas, Reno, Atlantic City and Council Bluffs.
In the concerned properties, non-gaming areas like bars are expected to reopen in a phased manner. Other areas like elevators, lobbies, registration desks, and entrances to casinos will be marked off to make sure that individuals keep a safe distance of six feet from others. All company employees will have to wear face mask, which will be provided by the company free of cost. The company may also provide workers with additional protective equipment like gloves.
Rodio also confirmed that the company all team members will get training on safety and disinfection protocols. In addition, team members will receive ten days of paid leave if they or any member of their families tests positive for the corona virus.