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Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino | Proof of vaccine or no entrance

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In the past months, casinos across the US have been easing into reinstated mandates. It started with employees having to wear masks again, then turned into workers forced to undergo weekly testing if not vaccinated, and some even fired staff members who refused to comply. But this week, the well-expected announcement has been made by Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino. It has become the first casino in America to require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test upon entrance. Other operators in the US are considering vaccine mandates as the Delta variant instills widespread fear

Harrahs New Orleans Hotel & Casino | Proof of vaccine or no entrance
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Equivalent of Italian “Green Pass” surfacing in USA

The color green is by far the most relaxing, focus-inducing color in the eyes of humanity. On the road, it signals permission to proceed with driving. Symbolically, it reassures safety and prompts relaxation. However, in the past two years, the color green also came to symbolize segregation. Italy (among other European countries considering) has established the “Green Pass,” a digital document that serves as proof of vaccination. It is now required for indoor dining in restaurants, bars, museums, cinemas, theaters, gyms, swimming pools, amusement parks, spas, wellness centers, festivals, fairs, casinos, bingo halls, and sports stadiums. While it’s permission to proceed for the vaxed, it is a red light for those without a jab.

As much as the US government would love to establish an equivalent of the Green Pass, it is still a controversial topic that infringes on civil rights. Nonetheless, similar concepts have slowly made their way into the country’s facilities as the Delta variant surged. While there is no “vaccine passport” that’s required upon entrances to stores and entertainment centers, some businesses are beginning to require that all guests show proof of a jab or at least evidence of a negative  COVID-19 test upon entrance.

Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino is up first

Starting Monday, August 16, Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino will require all guests to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test before entering the facility.  Due to a high transmission risk of the new Delta variant, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the requirement for all guests who come in for indoor dining, bars, and of course, gambling. Although businesses in other industries have already established this new rule, Harrah’s New Orleans Casino is the first gaming facility to push this particular mandate.

Unsurprisingly, other casinos in Nevada are also considering vaccine requirements, on top of already forcing their employees to pay mandatory weekly fees for testing. Most operators will likely hop on board once fall comes around. Not to mention, workers in various fields have already been forced to resign from their position for refusal.

The new Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino mandate was first reported by CDC Gaming Reports, which expressed their concerns on public health matters, and the dangerous spread of the new variant. And while New Orlean’s residents are displeased with the casino’s mandates, the requirement won’t be enforced until August 24th, which will give guests free will to enter and exit the facility without any “proof documentation”. With that said, there is a little over a week from the beginning of the mandate until the regulations tighten the lid entirely.

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