TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. — Caesars Entertainment and MGM are now requiring guests to their casinos across the country to wear masks anywhere on their property unless eating or drinking.
The two companies own the Horseshoe and Gold Strike casinos in Tunica respectively.
As far as what effect having to wear a mask will have on the casinos’ guest traffic in Tunica County some told FOX13 they’ll have to just wait and see.
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People who are close to casino management told FOX13 they aren't sure if it is going to push numbers up or down. Some said it will make people feel safer. Others said those who don't like wearing a mask won't come, period.
Norris Roads works as a dealer at Gold Strike. He said he likes the idea.
“I think it is important for us as employees and for the guests that are coming in to play,” said Roads.
Masks had been optional unless you were seated at a gaming table. Now people must wear one anywhere on the property.
Rickery Ellis of Memphis said a mask requirement isn't going to stop him or other gamblers he knows.
“I came, and I have no problem with the mask, so, yeah, I’m here and wearing one now,” said Ellis.
Sandra Swiney of Memphis told FOX13 she is in favor of the mask requirement.
“A lot of people are getting sick, and a lot of people should put on a mask at all times. I don’t care where you are going,” she said.
Roads said he believes the mask requirement will change nothing.
“Gamblers, man, they will adjust some kind of way,” he said.
FOX13 reached out to casinos to find out if any of them are providing masks for their visitors in light of the changes.
There have been no changes to designated smoking areas that we can find.
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