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Nevada Legislature Back in Session to Discuss Casino Worker Safety, Unemployment Reforms

Senate Bill 4 would require public accommodation companies — like casinos and hotels — to follow specified pandemic plans, according to the bill. The Nevada Gaming Control Board would have the ability to request health officials to recommend changes to and enforce them if enacted.

Under the proposal, casinos, hotels, and resorts would need to encourage employees and guests to remain six feet apart, create workstations that include physical barriers or foster social distancing, and provide free masks, gloves, and sanitizer.

The United Auto Workers and the Culinary Union, which have pushed for protections for casino workers, support the bill.

A majority of Culinary Union members live in the 20 Clark County ZIP codes with the highest COVID-19 infection rates,” wrote Geoconda Arguello-Kline, the Culinary Union’s secretary-treasurer. “This Special Session is important for all workers and the hospitality industry.”

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