The Cosmopolitan Introduces a Partial Smoking Ban

The Cosmopolitan Introduces a Partial Smoking Ban

The Cosmopolitan has become the latest Vegas hotel-casino to introduce a partial smoking ban in its premises. Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, and MGM Resorts have introduced similar bans since they reopened. Guests will be allowed to smoke at table games, in the lounge, or within the sportsbook.

COVID-19 precautions

Casino operators in Las Vegas are taking extra precautions because of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in their premises. The Cosmopolitan reopened on June 4 after the authorities enforced closures for about 3 months. The resort opened with strict health and safety guidelines designed by the state authorities. However, despite these precautions, the number of COVID-19 cases among employees and guests at casinos was only rising because of which smoking bans are becoming increasingly common at gaming properties.

MGM Resorts International announced earlier this month that it would be reopening ParkMGM and NoMad Las Vegas on September 30 as the first fully smoke-free casino on the Strip. The website of the operator suggests that ParkMGM is smoke-free. When Las Vegas Sands reopened in June, it asked players to refrain from smoking during card and table games.

Wynn Resorts spokesperson Michael Weaves also commented that their smoking policy has been updated since their properties reopened in June. It has banned both smoking and vaping at table games that do not have plexiglass.

Other states also working on smoking bans

Some other areas in the US are also adopting casino smoking bans. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has already extended smoking bans inside casinos indefinitely. Pennsylvania is also considering a bill to introduce a smoking ban, which received significant local support last month.

Las Vegas has been fighting a harder battle against the pandemic. Recently, two employees Vegas casinos were found COVID-19 positive. Las Vegas Sands has seen 339 positive cases in its resorts since reopening. Wynn Las Vegas also saw almost 500 positive cases among employees and three deaths since it reopened.

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