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LAS VEGAS – Wearing a mask inside a Caesars Entertainment casino?
Someone from the company may tap you on the shoulder and slip you $20 to gamble.
The operator of five reopened hotel-casinos on The Strip has launched the promotion to encourage guests to wear masks and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Over the weekend, a promotions team walked through Caesars Palace, Paris, Flamingo, The Linq and Harrah's to find people wearing masks while gambling or strolling the casino floor. All told, 375 guests got $7,500.
The promotion applies only to Caesars Rewards members wearing masks, but anyone can sign up for a chance to get the free money.
When will the limited time promotion end? That’s a little complicated, according to Caesars Entertainment public relations specialist Gia Silvaggio.
“The promotion would end if wearing masks became mandatory,” she said in an email to the USA TODAY Network.
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Will everyone soon have to wear masks?
Caesars’ free-play giveaway comes when COVID-19 is gaining steam in Nevada and state officials are getting pressured to require masks for all casino visitors.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board updated its health and safety policy for casinos last week, tightening rules for gamblers sitting down to play.
Nevada gamblers are now required to wear face masks at table games that have no barriers, an update that came less than two weeks after casinos opened in Nevada following a shutdown that lasted almost three months.
But the Silver State’s most powerful labor union is calling for state leaders to require visitors to wear masks in all public spaces at hotel-casinos to protect workers.
"Workers have fears," Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Argüello-Kline said Monday.
Argüello-Kline demanded that Nevada officials follow the lead of California, where Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that citizens now must cover their mouths and nose in most indoor settings and outdoors when social distancing isn't possible.
“The numbers are not going down," Argüello-Kline said. "They’re going up."
Last week, two Flamingo employees tested positive for the coronavirus, and restaurants inside the Bellagio and Linq Hotel – including Guy Fieri's Las Vegas Kitchen Bar – closed after workers there got COVID-19.