Thursday the Mississippi Gaming Commission announced all casinos in the state must enforce that guests and visitors must wear masks.
The new state-wide policy came just in time for the holiday weekend as the rule goes into effect at 8 p.m. tonight.
Two Gulf Coast casinos have already made masks mandatory last week, the Beau Rivage and Harrah’s. Those policy changes were part of a company-wide initiative by both MGM Resorts International and Caesars.
Other casinos, like the Hard Rock, had encouraged its guests to wear masks, but did not require it.
With just a one day notice, casinos are working to get the proper signage up and to update their guests on the new rule. Hard Rock Executive VP and General Manager Todd Raziano said, “We’re going to put signage notifying the customers at all of our main entry points, especially at our security check point. We’re going to be handing out masks for those customers who didn’t bring their own mask. Once customers enter if we find that they are not wearing their masks, we’re going to approach them and politely ask them to wear a mask in accordance with the new regulation. We expect them to cooperate and to understand that it’s for their safety and the safety of others.”
If guests refuse to wear a mask in public areas inside casinos when not eating or drinking, they may be asked to leave the property.