It seems that COVID has taken over the world and that it has turned everything upside down. Most businesses are closed, while most people are deciding to stay home instead of going outside and maybe getting the COVID virus. One thing that governments around the world have banned social gathers and many businesses. Barbershops, malls, and other things have been closed trying to shut down the spread of COVID. One thing that governments everywhere has shut down is the casino. There are many reasons for this. One reason is that a lot of people like to gather in the casino close together. This close gathering of friends can allow the COVID virus to spread very quickly. Another reason is that oftentimes people in the casino will be touching the same objects such as dice, cards, or casino chips. This touching of objects and then tossing them around is a perfect combination for a virus-like COVID to spread quickly. Casinos can try their best to keep things clean, but this virus will be quicker than the cleaning. There are many potential fixes to allow casinos to open, such as social distancing measures. But these measures will only be able to do too much. Until there are an effective treatment and an effective proven vaccine for the masses, it seems that we will be living under a new normal that involves wearing masks and having social distance measures in place. The government will be hesitant to open up because doctors believe that there will be a second and third wave of COVID infections which might be worse than the first wave. Here are some problems that any casino will face when they are dealing with COVID, and some preventive measures they can put in place to make sure that COVID is as limited as possible.
One big issue that casinos will be facing when it comes to a virus-like COVID is the crowds that gather in the casino. On a bust night, many gamblers will notice that crowds tend to gather around a high roller table such as roulette and blackjack. This exciting action makes people want to watch, which makes people get close together. If one person is infected with COVID in this group, it can easily be spreading to everyone else in the group. The issue with COVID is that it is easily spread. Many casinos are wondering what they can do to enhance social distancing to ensure that players can enjoy their time in the casino while also making sure that players and staff are not at risk of getting COVID. Many casinos are considering putting tape on the ground to show people how far they should be standing from other people. Big plastics guards might be put up between players and the dealers to ensure that COVID is not spread around. The key to these social distancing measures is if gamblers will be willing to put up with them daily when they are in the casino. Many players come to the casino to relax with their friends in a social environment. This social distancing might be a hassle for the player that just wants to gamble with their friends on a night out. Casinos will have to have strict guidelines form health authorities in their area to make sure that they are doing the best they can to limit COVID. Another step casinos might take to enact social distancing is to spread the chairs around table games more father to try to get people to stay away from one another. The problem with this is that it might impact the casino profit as it limits the number of players at the table. The issue with casinos is that to make a profit, they need to get as many players into the casino as possible. This might be a big issue when it comes to ensuring social distancing measures.
Another issue that casinos will be put up against is checking players when they enter the casino. This is not just a casino issue, but it impacts any place the public enters. Many places now demand that a customer has a face mask on before they enter the store and that they are temp checked before they are allowed to enter. FOr many people, this is a commons annoyance that comes with this new normal that COVID has caused. This small annoyance might become a big annoyance for casinos as many players decide to not deal with it and not go to the casino. For the players that do come, the casino will have to have a person temp check them as they walk into the casino. This might involve hiring new staff and buying new technology such as heat censors to ensure that anyone that might be sick does not enter the casino. The major problem with this is that it has been proven that COVID can infect a person, but then that person does not show any symptoms. This can become a major health concern as people decide to go back out again into the world to try to resume some sort of normal life again. This means that an infected person can walk into a casino, test negative for a fever, and walk around infecting other people in the casino. These limitations will make any casino more cautious before they decide to open back up again to the public.
One thing many players in the casino might not notice is that the dice, cards, and casino chips are passed around from player to player. For example, if you are playing poker, almost every player at the table at one point in time has touched the chips that are in front of you. This can be a huge issue for any casino. This natural touching of objects will have to be a top focus point of any casino when they are considering back up again to the public. There re many ideas that casinos are thinking about to counteract this spread of the virus. One thing is constant cleaning. Every hour, new chips and dice and cards will be put into play, and the old ones will be cleaned before they are put back out for play. The problem with this is that still players are touching the same objects before they are put out to be cleaned. Many casinos are confused about what they should be doing about this issue. Certain issues like this will have to be solved before casinos are allowed to be open again. Another issue is the general cleanliness of the casino. Casinos will have to hire new cleaning staff to clean the tables and the general casino hour, which will be costing the casino more money. FOr the casino that is not financially healthy, this new addition to the payroll might bankrupt a casino. Every casino needs to balance both making money and the health of their players. This is a new normal that casinos did not have to deal with before.
As society decides now is the time to slowly start opening up, casinos will likely be one of the last types of businesses to be allowed to be opened. Certain issues such as common objects players touch to making sure no one sick enters the casino are still trying to be solved by casinos around the world. Every casino needs to make sure that the health of their players come first.