FROM OUR MEDIA PARTNERS AT KCRA3:
Harrah’s, Mont Bleu and the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel have officially reopened their doors to casino and hotel guests.
While tourists said they’re excited to return to the popular gambling region, some said it’s confusing considering that the casinos are on the border of two states – that are in different stages of reopening.
Here’s what you need to know if you’re headed to the casinos at the Nevada-California state line.
1) South Lake Tahoe and casinos are in different states
The city of South Lake Tahoe is in California. The casinos are in Stateline, Nevada. They are separated by one street and are often considered the same town.
However, the rules are very different as California is still under a stay-at-home order and Nevada’s order was lifted on May 15.
2) South Lake Tahoe not enforcing travel ban
Officials in the city of South Lake Tahoe said they’re no longer enforcing the travel ban, except in extreme cases.
The $1,000 citations they were issuing for violations has been dropped.
Officials are not, however, encouraging tourists to visit the region and continue to refer to the state’s order stating that nonessential travel shouldn’t take place.
3) Casino floors look different
While the games are the same, the casino floors may look a little different.
All casino staff is required to wear masks. They will also be sanitizing between games, and there is plenty of signage reminding guests to follow social distancing rules.
4) Number of games reduced
The table games and slot machines have been reduced by about 50%.
Tables that previously allowed six players, now have room for only three. And, all games are hands-free.
5) Hotel room capacity reduced
Hotel rooms and restaurants are also open at the casinos. However, the capacity for both has been reduced by about 50%.
Despite the travel ban in South Lake Tahoe, KCRA 3 found at least one person who was able to rent a hotel room.
SOURCE: KCRA 3