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Signage as seen on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)

Nevada gaming regulators are giving restaurants inside still-shuttered casino properties the green light to reopen, with some significant restrictions still in place.

The Nevada Gaming Control Board issued a notice to the state’s licensed casino gaming industry on Thursday night outlining the steps needed for a restaurant inside a casino to reopen. The state’s gaming industry was not included in Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Phase 1 reopening plan, though restaurants and other retail stores are now allowed to operate limited in-person services with strict social distancing measures in place.

The notice says any restaurant inside a casino can reopen if it follows the industry-specific guideline previously released by the state, as well as following several other directives including:

  • Confirming with regulators that there is a separate entrance for the restaurant aside from one off the casino floor. If there is no separate entrance, they must “articulate to the Board how it will ensure that patrons are only able to enter the restaurant from inside the property without traversing the gaming floor.”
  • If there is not a separate restroom in the restaurant, tell regulators how the restaurant plans to allow patrons to use other bathrooms in the facility without traversing the casino floor
  • Comply with any directives or orders from county governments or health districts that have more stringent rules on reopening
  • Provide the board with a plan to prevent customers from congregating outside the restaurant prior to entry, if they operate in Clark or Washoe county

“The Board will be enforcing these health and safety requirements on any licensee that decides to partially open a restaurant, and these restrictions are subject to change based on new data related to the spread of COVID-19,” the notice says.

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