Casino workers at two of the biggest employers in Las Vegas are eligible to start receiving COVID-19 vaccines at the workplace.
Both Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts plan to get their employees vaccinated in an attempt to return business to normal at those properties.
This announcement comes after the state of Nevada announced that all casino workers were eligible to sign up to receive the vaccine. Hospitality workers in the state are also able to get vaccinated, and there are between 140,000 and 180,000 people that this new announcement affects.
Allowing these workers to get the vaccine is a great first step, but both of these casino companies have taken the next step by providing a free clinic at one of their locations. MGM Resorts was the first to offer this service, with employees of the company being able to visit the Mandalay Bay convention center.
On April 1, Caesars Entertainment began offering a free vaccination clinic at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Both companies have a plan in place to make this a smooth process for their employees, and that’s a major change from what has taken place in the state.
Nevada did not receive as many doses of the vaccines as originally thought, and residents of the state were running into trouble when looking to make an appointment. On April 5, anyone 16 years or older will be eligible to receive a vaccine, which could further complicate the process.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that just 28 percent of Nevada residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That ranks 35th out of the 50 states, and it will keep the casino and entertainment industries operating under restrictions until these numbers improve.
March Business Picking Up
Despite the slow rollout of vaccines in Nevada and throughout the United States, leaders in the casino industry are encouraged by the business numbers in March. Some operators have even suggested that casinos are operating at pre-pandemic levels, which is a good sign for the rest of 2021.
Tillman Fertitta recently appeared on television and expressed some surprise with how quickly the business has picked up in the entertainment industry. Fertitta owns some Golden Nugget properties in the United States, but his comments reflect what some other casino companies are seeing as well. Businesses across the world have been severely affected over the last 12 months. Many casino operators have been able to keep customers playing online in states where online casino gaming is allowed, including NJ, PA, WV & MI.
Executives from Penn National Gaming have also expressed their surprise with how quickly business has picked back up, and this company is not located in Nevada. The fact that casino properties from around the United States are seeing more business is a good sign moving forward in the rest of 2021.
Casino companies are pointing to the recent stimulus checks that have been issued as a catalyst for increased business. Residents of the United States are back to traveling, and they are spending a portion of that stimulus at casino properties.
Most US casinos are still operating under COVID-19 restrictions, but some states have loosened those restrictions in an effort to increase revenue.