For the first time since re-opening, Casinos in Southern California are beginning to re-instate mask mandates. The first to do so have been the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula and the San Manuel Casino in Highland.
The Pechanga is requiring all unvaccinated guests to wear masks as of Friday. They are also recommending the same for vaccinated guests, though not requiring it. The San Manuel Casino will be following suit with the same guidelines.
when California began its re-opening in mid-June, Casinos had done away with mask mandates. If vaccinated, guests no longer needed face coverings.
On June 15th, the 7-day average for new cases of Covid-19 was 901. As of August 1st, the 7-day average for the state is 8,500 new cases, according to the New York Times. In just 45 days Covid-19 in California went from little to no concern to major point of concern.
Much of the increase in cases has been due to the new Delta variant. In tandem with reopening, the covid cases have begun to go up not just in California, but around the country. Given that Casinos are just off the heels of a down year due to Covid-19 in 2020, we have to think there is some concern that another wave could greatly harm the industry.
Some casinos, most notably the San Manuel, have also just announced brand new expansions. Just a week ago, the San Manuel opened up a 24-hour restaurant, new retail stores and 432 new guest rooms. The Casino also added 1,300 slots and 40 gaming tables.
With a new wave of Covid-19 infections on the horizon in the United States, it will be interesting to see the impact it has on the Casino industry not just in California, but across the U.S.