Nevada Gaming Control Board Removes All COVID-19 Restrictions

  • The Las Vegas Strip is fully reopened as of June 1, 2021.
  • There are no social distancing or occupancy limits on the Strip casinos anymore.
  • They could be re-imposed in the future at the county level, with the backing of the NGCB.

LAS VEGAS - Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip are no longer subject to any COVID-19 restrictions on their businesses.

As of Tuesday, all restrictions on Las Vegas casinos have been lifted by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Casinos are still required to comply with any regulations set upon them at the county level, such as social distancing and mask requirements.

However, there are currently no Nevada counties maintaining social distancing guidelines for casinos, so this is effectively carte blanche - with a catch.

The catch in this scenario is that should COVID-19 spike, and more regulations be necessary, the counties will be able to enforce them, and the casinos will be expected to comply by the Gaming Control Board.

In effect, it seems as though they’re trying to future-proof this plan by putting the weight of the Gaming Control Board behind any future county-level regulations.

For now, however, those are purely hypothetical, and casinos in Las Vegas are free to operate as normal.

In order to get to this point, the Gaming Control Board set a target of 80% vaccination among employees in order to reopen at 100% capacity.

This target was met at many casinos in May, such as MGM and Caesar’s, which were already operating at 100% capacity once they reached 80% vaccination levels among the staff.

Now, however, the Gaming Control Board believes that it is time to get back to normal, and that the vaccines have allowed reopening safely.

As of 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, June 1, the Las Vegas Strip is officially back in business, with live music and live gambling.