he Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas said Tuesday that the Nevada Gaming Control Board gave the property permission to increase its gaming floor capacity to 100%, in addition to removing social distancing restrictions and plastic barriers at gaming tables.
According to the Cosmopolitan, as of Tuesday, May 4, the resort has reached an 80% vaccination rate amongst its active workforce. As a result, it said it has fulfilled its commitment to pay out upwards of $1 million in cash bonuses to vaccinated employees.
The Cosmopolitan also stated in a press release that "due to the overwhelming staff response, the resort has extended its vaccination deadline from May 1 to May 8 with the goal to increase vaccinations even further, which would expand total cash bonuses to well over $1 million."
“We believe the only clear path to normalcy and bringing our entire workforce back is through vaccinations,” said William McBeath, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “It’s pertinent to not only The Cosmopolitan, but to our entire industry in ensuring travel can safely return to the destination. I could not be more proud of our team for doing their part to protect our city.”
"Since the start of our vaccination efforts, we have made it a goal to increase access and work toward equity, which meant we had to ensure Nevada's largest and most diverse workforce was prioritized and had as much access to the COVID-19 vaccine as possible," said Gov. Steve Sisolak. "I am grateful to strong partnerships across the industry to bring the vaccine to workers and their families. Congratulations to The Cosmopolitan team on this achievement and for taking a creative approach to incentivize health and safety within their workforce. I look forward to continued efforts to ensure all Nevadans who want the vaccine have access."
Congratulations to @Cosmopolitan_LV on this achievement & for taking a creative approach to incentivize health & safety within their workforce.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) May 4, 2021
I look forward to continued efforts to ensure all Nevadans who want the vaccine have access.#3MillionReasons https://t.co/HHXV9XPO1n
The announcement comes following similar news from Wynn Resorts on Monday that it was increasing its gaming floor capacity at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore to 100% after 88% of its employees had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
“The Cosmopolitan demonstrated substantial efforts to vaccinate its workforce and have set an industry standard in what can be accomplished through smart and swift action,” said J. Brin Gibson, Chair, Nevada Gaming Control Board. “As a result, The Cosmopolitan is one of few Las Vegas gaming properties to receive approval to return to full capacity due to its overwhelming employee response, and we’ve asked them to share their methodology, strategy and success with the wider hospitality industry. We look forward to seeing all resort partners across The Strip continue the momentum.”