As Casinos Reopen In Las Vegas, Stakes Are High And Union Calls For Transparency
Added 06-03-20 10:07:03am EST - “Casinos is Las Vegas are reopening Thursday, after being shuttered for more than two months. Workers there are eager to start getting paid again, but they're also worried about their health.” - Npr.org
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Hand washing stations now share the casino floor with slot machines at the Bellagio. It's part of a move to ramp up hygiene protocols ahead of the establishment's reopening on June 4. David Fuchs/KUER hide caption
Blanco has worked in housekeeping at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for the last eight years. She has mixed feelings about going back to work.
Her unemployment benefits have not yet kicked in. So she's been living off her savings since being furloughed in mid-March. As the sole provider for her two children, she's eager to start collecting a paycheck again. But she's also concerned that heading back to the Bellagio will place her on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic when tourists begin to return to the city's hotels and casinos on June 4.
"People will come from everywhere," she said. "And we don't know whether they're going to be sick or not."
Blanco is one of the many Las Vegas workers now weighing the risks of returning to work in one of the country's entertainment and hospitality capitals. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced last week that some hotels and casinos would be permitted to reopen their doors on Thursday under Phase 2 of the state's COVID-19 response.
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