Nevada regulators seek fines in three non-compliance cases

By Hayley Grammer

Two casinos and a bowling alley in rural Nevada are the focus of State casino regulators seeking fines amid allegations of non-compliance with mandated safety requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Between Friday and Tuesday, the Nevada Gaming Commission received formal complaints against Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall, C.O.D Casino (Minden) and Bowl Incline.

Gaming Control Board spokesman Michael Lawton said yesterday that the agency is only permitted to make public the details of investigations once a complaint is filed with the Commission, despite having 156 open investigations on record.

Each complaint alleges that routine visits by State inspectors revealed both employees and patrons failed to wear compulsory face coverings, or wear them incorrectly rendering them ineffective.

The third complaint, filed Tuesday against Lake Tahoe’s Bowl Incline, details how owner Curt Wegener claimed he was unaware that Governor Steve Sisolak reinstated bans on open bar areas from 10 July onwards, with regulators noting that bar-top slot machines were on and available for play.

Governor Sisolak announced on Monday that bars in four counties, including those encompassing Las Vegas and Reno, would remain closed until at least next week, with the State adopting new approaches to better monitor the spread of the virus.

With approximately 300 inspectors state-wide, the control board has conducted over 10,000 inspections since gambling resumed on 4 June, following a more than two-month closure to prevent a spike in infection rates.

Nevada has nearly 2,000 non-restricted gambling license holders and about 450 restricted licensees, such as bars, gas stations and supermarkets with fewer than 15 slot machines.


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