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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 04: Dave Mitchell (L) deals cards to Tammy Spears of Nevada at a blackjack table with plexiglass safety shield dividers at Bellagio Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip after the property opened for the first time since being closed on March 17 because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on June 4, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hotel-casinos throughout the state are opening today as part of a phased reopening of the economy with social distancing guidelines and other restrictions in place. MGM Resorts International reopened Bellagio, New York-New York Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and The Signature today. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Nevada Gaming Control Board has amended it’s regulations for casino reopenings. The board ordered Nevada casinos to require players and spectators of most casino table and card games to wear protective face coverings. Chairwoman Sandra Morgan said that board agents observed rapidly declining usage of masks in casinos.

“In the first week (after the June 4 reopening of casinos), we wanted to take an approach of communicating and encouraging compliance and talk to licensees about what our expectations were, but in the second week, it became abundantly clear based on our agents’ observations that patrons’ usage of masks was significantly declining,” Morgan said.

That caused the three-member board to collectively agree to issue the new order. The new rule applies to people playing of blackjack, roulette, craps, poker and other table games. All casino employees are also required to wear facial protection. Masks aren’t required of other casino patrons, including slot machine players, but casinos are required to offer them to customers and encourage their use.