HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 25Centers for Disease Control Release Considerations for Casinos and Gaming Operations

On June 18, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) released casino-specific considerations to help protect employees and customers from contracting and spreading COVID-19.  The CDC noted that its casino-specific considerations are meant to supplement and not replace any local, state, territorial, federal or tribal safety laws, rules or regulations.

The CDC has broken down various stages of casino reopening into four categories (Lowest Risk, More Risk, Even More Risk and Highest Risk) with the first category consisting of online only games, the second category dealing with limited reopening with only games that do not require a dealer, the third category consisting of opening with all games but social distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfectant, and the fourth category being operations as they were before the pandemic.

The guidance is divided into four sections.  The “promoting behaviors” that reduce spread recommends staying home when appropriate, training on appropriate hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, having adequate signage and supplies, and requiring face coverings.  The “maintaining healthy environments” section describes appropriate cleaning and disinfection, discouraging and cleaning shared objects, and providing modified layouts and ventilation changes.  The “maintaining healthy operations” section contains recommendations for protections for staff at high risk, regulatory awareness, staggering shifts, avoiding large gatherings, and adopting employee communication, support and staffing plans.  The final section concerns preparing for when someone gets sick, including appropriate notifications, transportation of ill persons, and post-cleaning and disinfectant.

The guidance in its entirety can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/business-employers/casinos-gaming-operations.html.



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