If you are used to eating in casino restaurants in Las Vegas or other cites in Nevada, you may be able to do so soon! But there are a number of regulations that have been put into effect that may make it a much different experience then you are used to. The Nevada Gaming Control Board just released its regulations stating what restaurants at casinos must do in order to reopen.
The gaming property must confirm with the board “whether there is a separate entrance for the restaurant, apart from any entrance to the restaurant off the gaming floor.” In other words, if the only way into the restaurant is through the gaming floor, the place will not be able to reopen.
The same goes for bathrooms that service the restaurants. If the nearest bathroom is on the gaming floor or if you have to go through the gaming floor, then the restaurant will not be able to reopen.
The restaurants will also have to explain how they will make sure that people waiting outside for tables won’t end up violating social distancing. In other words, if they are likely to crowd up while waiting for the restaurant will not be able to get permission to reopen.
Making sure that people don’t have to go through the gaming floor is important to the rules because that is where you interact with most people. But making that illegal the state hopes to keep the coronavirus numbers down. But since many restaurants at casinos are only available from the gaming floor this will create a challenge. If the restaurant can reconfigure itself so that it has a new entrance off the floor then it can reopen.
The same goes for bathrooms. To save space many restaurants simply send people to the gaming floor when they have to go to the bathroom. Now they will either need to install bathrooms in the restaurant itself or else remain closed.
That said restaurants are eager to open. Most will probably be able to find ways to do so if they put in a little bit of effort. Those that cannot will be forced to wait until the lockdown is at a lower level.