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MGM Resorts to close buffets; Wynn Starts new procedures due to coronavirus

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Las Vegas Casinos are implementing new procedures to make guests feel safe and protected from the Coronavirus. Today, MGM Resorts announced they are temporarily closing buffets at multiple Las Vegas Strip properties to prevent the potential spread of coronavirus.

Buffets at Aria, Bellagio, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and The Mirage will close temporarily, effective Sun. March 15.

Wynn Resorts announced they just enacted new safety procedures and hired a consultant, Dr. Rebecca Katz, Director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Wynn says it is sanitizing high-traffic public areas at an increased frequency, including:

  • Hand sanitizers are located throughout public and back of house locations. Sanitizers are refilled and checked regularly.
  • Public touch points, such as handrails, elevator buttons, door handles and knobs are cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
  • Surfaces such as front desk, restaurant counters and dining tables are wiped regularly.
  • The casino gaming floor slot machines are wiped and surfaces cleaned multiple times throughout the day

Wynn Resorts added that all departments have implemented hand washing or sanitizing procedures to take place multiple times during an employee’s shift:

  • All employees are instructed each day on correct hand sanitizing procedures, including washing with soap and hot water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Employees are instructed to wash hands before and after eating and before returning to a work area.
  • Table gaming employees are instructed to wash hands after every break before returning to a game.
  • Proper procedures are posted in all back-of-house work areas.

According to the news release, all Wynn Resorts employees are prohibited from reporting to work with a disease or illness that can be transmitted to others:

  • Employees insured by the company have access to healthcare, many of whom also have access to a 24-hour telemedicine provider.
  • Wynn Resorts has instituted a new Employee Sick leave policy which offers 5 days paid sick leave to ensure employees who are ill remain home.
  • If any employee were to be diagnosed as having coronavirus, they would be placed on a Medical Leave of Absence and would be paid for the duration of physician-mandated treatment.

For guests who feel unwell, Wynn Resorts says it has detailed protocols developed in partnership with the Southern Nevada Health District:

  • If at any point you feel ill, return to your room and contact the front desk. A trained member of our staff will come to your room and help assess your situation, including taking a temperature reading, and evaluate the need for medical assistance.

So far only two people tested positive for coronavirus disease in Clark County, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 50s. Both are hospitalized in isolation, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.