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Wynn, Cosmopolitan get the OK to operate casinos at full capacity

Thanks to high employee vaccination rates, Wynn Resorts and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas are among the first Las Vegas Strip operators to resume 100% capacity at their casinos.

In a statement, Wynn Resorts announced that as of May 3, 88% of its Las Vegas employees have been vaccinated against Covid-19. As a result, the company recently received permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to begin operating gaming areas at its Wynn and Encore properties at 100% capacity as well as remove plexiglass dividers from all table games and slot machines, effective May 1.

The news follows Wynn's decision in early April to require all Wynn Las Vegas staff to either get fully vaccinated or obtain weekly proof of a negative Covid-19 test.

Wynn employees have been able to access vaccinations at the Wynn Las Vegas' on-site University Medical Center Vaccination Clinic at the Encore since mid-January.

Likewise, the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has also been allowed to increase its gaming floor capacity to 100% after reaching an employee vaccination rate of 80%.

In a press release, the Cosmopolitan said the Nevada Gaming Control Board granted the property permission to begin operating its casino at full capacity starting May 1.

Additionally, the Cosmopolitan has been allowed to remove social distancing restrictions and plastic barriers at its gaming tables.

The property is fresh off a major effort to incentivize its workers to get the vaccine, offering staff a combined $1 million-plus in cash bonuses.

"The Cosmopolitan demonstrated substantial efforts to vaccinate its workforce and has set an industry standard in what can be accomplished through smart and swift action," J. Brin Gibson, Nevada Gaming Control Board chair, said in a statement.

"We look forward to seeing all resort partners across The Strip continue the momentum."

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has permitted the vast majority of Clark County casinos to operate at an 80% capacity limit as of May 1.

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