Bar Top Gaming To Resume in Las Vegas After Clark County Bars Allowed to Reopen

  • Nevada’s COVID-19 task force has removed restrictions on bars and taverns
  • The businesses can get back to work as long as they follow state guidelines
  • Many operators have added plexiglass to bar tops to separate patrons as they enjoy games  
Las Vegas bar with video gambling machines
Bar top gaming is coming back to Las Vegas as Clark County bars have been approved for reopening. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Task force approved

On Thursday, the Nevada COVID-19 task force approved a plan to allow Clark County standalone bars and bar top areas in casinos, taverns, restaurants, and similar venues to reopen based on new guidelines. The measure goes into effect on September 20 at 11:59 pm. With the approval, bar top gaming will be able to resume after two months of non-activity.

The new guidelines require the businesses to follow statewide health and safety measures. Employees and guests must wear face masks, capacity must be limited to 50% or below the normal limit, and social distancing of tables and seating is required.

Governor Steve Sisolak took to Twitter to comment on the reopening:

A long process

Since July 10, the facilities that offer bar top gaming have been closed in Clark County after Governor Steve Sisolak ordered a shutdown after a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The restricted gaming locations were home to 15 or fewer slot machines. Many of the business owners made the move to standalone slot machines or what are known as “buddy bars” to keep slot gaming in operation based on the ever-changing restrictions.

In August, 62 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the state of Nevada, seeking to have bars and taverns reopened. A Clark County district judge rejected the claim and upheld the order for the establishments to remain closed.

infection numbers have dropped over the past few months

The removal of restrictions on bars this week was allowed based on the mitigation efforts made by residents. The infection numbers have dropped over the past few months as residents and businesses have complied with state guidelines.

Going the Extra Mile

Operators of taverns and bars in Clark County say they have taken a great deal of time and effort, as well as a heavy expense, to comply with the guidelines of the Gaming Control Board. Some have installed plexiglass dividers between games to help promote social distancing.

The commitment of the owners helped the task force in the decision-making process. Bar owners and employees submitted letters to the task force, showing how dedicated they are to maintaining a healthy and safe environment.

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