In a news conference today, the Culinary Union is expected to announce a lawsuit against casinos asserting an inadequate lack of protection for workers against the spread of the coronavirus and less-than-satisfactory responses when workers test positive. The union represents more than 60,000 casino workers in Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says all tourists and residents must wear face masks in public as well as inside private businesses. Because as many as 80% of recent visitors to one casino wouldn't wear provided masks when it was voluntary, some wonder if the mandate will dent tourism numbers, while others are more hopeful.
The Nevada Gaming Commission on Thursday made it easier to offer cashless wagering in casinos by approving changes in rules. Proponents say concerns about a consequent increase in problem gaming might be tempered by allowing players to cap dollar amounts or time spent wagering.
Casinos in four areas outside of Manila were allowed to open at 50% capacity earlier this month as the Philippines slowly eases coronavirus-related restrictions. Metro Manila casinos have been conducting dry runs on reopening.
Landcadia Holdings II is purchasing the real-money Golden Nugget Online Gaming and will adopt its name. It will be the US' second online casino company that will be purely publicly traded.
Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment came perilously close to a liquidity crisis as it fell into the grace period when paying nearly $20 million in interest recently. Its casinos have reopened, but not before Mohegan was downgraded to a C rating.
Five weeks after three Arizona casinos reopened, Gila River Gaming Enterprises has closed them again for another two weeks after a security guard died from complications connected to COVID-19 and an unknown number of employees tested positive for the coronavirus. The security guard, who had returned to work May 15, told his daughter he was worried about workers' health, as "80% of the [guests] weren't wearing masks."
Two proposals for amendments to California's Constitution would allow different versions of legalized sports wagering. The state's Senate Appropriations Committee will vote Tuesday on its version, which has the backing of several major sports leagues and would allow online sports wagering, while a tribal proposal would allow only in-person sports bets.
The Canadian Gaming Association asked after a government committee Friday for permission to open border-area casinos in Ontario earlier than planned and explained efforts in place to reduce the risk of coronavirus spread. Bingo halls would reopen later.
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