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Restaurants inside Nevada casinos can reopen during Phase One

Updated May 14, 2020 - 11:07 pm

The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced restaurants inside casinos will be allowed to reopen during Phase One of the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

A notice to licensed gaming properties released Thursday evening states that restaurants that meet industry-specific requirements set forth by Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office may reopen but must get confirmation from the board before they can do so.

According to the notice, the gaming property must confirm with the board “whether there is a separate entrance for the restaurant, apart from any entrance to the restaurant off the gaming floor.”

If not, the property has to explain how it will make sure patrons can enter the restaurant without crossing the gaming floor.

The same stipulation goes for restrooms. If there is no restroom inside a restaurant, the property must explain how it will ensure patrons can enter restrooms outside the restaurant without walking the gaming floor.

Properties located in a county with a population of 100,000 or more also will need to submit a plan showing how they will keep people from crowding outside the restaurant while they wait to enter.

If a gaming property chooses to reopen a restaurant, it also must commit to following “any directives or orders issued by its county commission or health district that enact more restrictive measures on reopening.”

The notice states that the board will enforce these regulations on restaurants that only partially open, and that the regulations may change as new information about the coronavirus pandemic becomes available.

Contact Max Michor at mmichor@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0365. Follow @MaxMichor on Twitter.

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