- Face masks now a requirement in Las Vegas Casinos.
- Atlantic City casinos to reopen with 25% capacity.
- A Canadian slot player wins $250,000 in an online casino.
In last week’s recap, the story went that Las Vegas casinos were supposed to encourage the visitors to wear face masks inside the venue. This week, such a thing is a must. Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has signed a decree ordering all venues in the state to refuse service to the guests who are not wearing any masks.
Anti-COVID-19 measures are on in other parts of the United States, including New Jersey, where casinos are going to reopen with 25% capacity.
In online casino news this week, a Canadian woman won a quarter of a million playing online slots. Over in Pennsylvania, Fan Duel has launched its online casino.
Atlantic City Casinos to Reopen with 25% Capacity
Over on the Atlantic coast, the COVID-19 situation seems to be under control, at least in some states. In New Jersey, the crisis has already curbed down enough for its government to decide to loosen up its anti-COVID-19 policies.
As a result, the state has decided to allow its casinos to reopen, starting next weekend. However, the casino reopening is going to start slowly, with limited capacity.
BREAKING: On Thursday, July 2nd:
🎰Casinos may reopen – operating at 25% capacity
🍽️Indoor dining may resume – limited at first to 25% capacity
Additional health and safety guidance will be released within the next several days. pic.twitter.com/b4jY2fR3sp
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) June 22, 2020
New Jersey venues, including those in Atlantic City, got the green light to reopen. The current plan is to let them open their doors to the public on Thursday, July 2. What this means is that Atlantic City casinos will be working over the July 4 weekend. However, they are not going to be allowed to allow in all interested parties. The casinos are going to operate at one-quarter of their full capacity.
Governor Orders Wearing Face Masks in Las Vegas Casinos
Starting Friday, face masks are a requirement in all public indoor spaces in Nevada, as per a recent decree signed by Governor Steve Sisolak. This decision will affect casinos in Las Vegas, whose players will have to wear masks while gambling. The only exception is when they’re eating and drinking.
Wearing face masks is just one of several measures introduced since Las Vegas casinos went back to business. All the other measures are also there in order to ensure social distancing and prevent the spread of the disease.
This ruling has gone in effect on Friday 12:01 AM and will stay on until further notice. What made Sisolak come up with this ruling is that Nevada has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases over the last couple of weeks, coinciding with the reopening of the Las Vegas casinos.
Nevada is not the only state in which COVID-19 could make a comeback. Pretty much the same rulings were decided by authorities of several other states, most notably California.
Canadian Woman Wins $250,000 on Online Slots
A woman from Nanaimo in British Columbia, Canada, won a quarter of a million after hitting the jackpot on an online slot game. She played a game called Bonanza, a 6-reel slot developed by Big Time Gaming.
How she ended up playing this game is that she received a free spins bonus, which made her fall in love with this game. After spending the bonus, she decided to keep on playing, which proved to be the right choice. The big win came just a few spins later.
What’s interesting about this story is that she won the jackpot just a few days before her birthday. According to her own admission, her birthday present is going to be used for paying off student loans, putting a down payment on a house, and launching a career in social service.
FanDuel Launches an Online Casino in Pennsylvania
FanDuel is a company famous for its sports betting products. However, in Pennsylvania, this company is also dealing with online casino gambling. At least this has been the case since this earlier this week.
The FanDuel Casino app has made its debut in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. The decision to launch a casino app comes as a result of the company’s efforts to deal with the coronavirus crisis when most US sports are on hiatus.
What’s interesting about the app is that it’s a standalone product, rather than being a part of the FanDuel sportsbook app.