Gamblers are ready for the “new normal” once the Las Vegas strip is allowed to open its doors. Few places have been hit harder than Las Vegas economy, where the leisure and hospitality industry means more than any other major city in the country. Sheldon Adelson, the Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, which operates the Venetian and Palazzo, saw his company announce updated protocols for when its properties reopen.
The Venetian and Palazzo, two of the most visited casinos on the strip, unveiled protocols termed “The Venetian Clean Commitment.” The new procedures, in these unprecedented times, include more than 800 guidelines highlighted by the implementation of the use of thermal imaging cameras.
Thermal cameras will be installed at every resort entry/exit to check temperatures of both staff and guests. Those who have a temperature over 100.4 degrees will undergo a secondary screening. If they still indicate a high fever, they will “undergo further medical assessment and be directed to appropriate medical care.”
“Our company will continue to adhere to guidance provided by the state of Nevada, as we look to data to inform our decision on when best to open our doors to guests and Team Members,” according to the release. “It is not prudent to set an opening date without the appropriate data to support it.”
Guests and staff will be required to stand at least six feet apart while in queues, elevators or moving through the resort. Restaurants, slot machines, pool seating and other hotel spaces will be rearranged to promote social distancing.
One of the most famous and popular features of the Venetian are the gondola rides which will also undergo significant changes. There will be only four riders allowed in the gondolas at one time and gondola drivers will wear face masks. “Gondoliers stationed along the canal will serenade passengers from an appropriate distance.”
The Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts have also indicated that they plan to take extra precautions once they reopen.