Casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corp. has made wearing a face mask or other type of face covering by its workers a condition of employment amid criticism from Nevada lawmakers and regulators that businesses are not doing enough to help curb the advance of the coronavirus.
In a memo shared with Caesars employees this past Thursday, company CEO Tony Rodio said that the failure to wear a mask “at work will be grounds for termination.”
Late last month, the casino operator enforced a universal mask policy at its properties across North America, stating that “everyone indoors at its properties […] will be required to wear masks at all times, except when eating or drinking.” The policy applies to “employees, vendors, contractors, guests, and passersby.”
News that Caesars would fire workers failing to wear their face masks emerge after Nevada investigators reported last week that less than a half of the businesses across the state observed on July 2 complied with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s masks-in-public mandate that went into effect June 24.
Nevada’s casinos were allowed to reopen from June 4 and many of the major casino resorts along the Las Vegas Strip are now operational. The Silver State ranks among the states with the fastest rising rates of new coronavirus cases.
Strong Action against Non-Compliant Workers
In the recent company memo, Caesars’ CEO said that their team members “are doing an excellent job complying with the [universal mask] policy” and that they have been impressed that “guests are quickly adjusting to the new rule.”
Mr. Rodio noted that the casino operator is working to achieve 100% compliance with guests at its properties and warned that Caesars will be taking “strong action if team members violate the rule to always wear their masks at work except when eating or drinking.”
The casino executive stressed that they will terminate any non-compliant worker’s contract to “emphasize the seriousness with which we must all take the efforts to help reduce the spread of Covid-19 at work and in our communities.”
Caesars is not the only Las Vegas casino company to have made wearing face masks on the job a condition of employment. Las Vegas Sands said this week that team members who fail to wear a face mask or other covering “will be subject to progressive discipline up to and including termination.”
Statewide, Gov. Sisolak said in a Friday statement that Nevada would be taking “aggressive, broad-based, and swift enforcement actions” against anyone violating the rules throughout the July Fourth Weekend and beyond and that he was disappointed by the level of non-compliance throughout the state so shortly after his order for wearing face masks in public came into effect.
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