This Popular Tourist Destination Will Pay You to Wear a Mask

You could cash in if you're seen wearing a mask in this one place.

Study after study has shown that wearing face masks significantly slows the spread of COVID-19. And while some states have stricter mask laws than others, it's essential that everyone follows the health guidelines to prevent the pandemic from having a deadly resurgence. In fact, one casino company in Las Vegas is actually paying people to wear masks in an effort to encourage safety rules.

Players at Caesars Palace, Paris, The Linq, Harrah's, and Flamingo—all owned by Caesars Entertainment group—may receive $20 chips if they're seen wearing a face mask inside the casino-resort complex. This free-play giveaway is a safe bet for Caesars as it safely welcomes gamblers back to the tables. The promotion, which would end when masks become mandatory in Nevada, had Ceasars shell out $7,500 last weekend.

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This is just one of the many ways Las Vegas is drawing locals and visitors back to the Strip since it reopened on June 4. Dealers and players are separated by Plexiglas, guests undergo temperature checks, and dice are sanitized after every roll. MGM Resorts released a seven-point safety plan, and the Las Vegas Sands, which owns the Venetian and Palazzo resorts, has given 1,000 staff members Oura rings, a wearable smart device that can allegedly detect coronavirus up to three days before you show symptoms.

But many still worry that even these precautions aren't worth the gamble. For one, it's nearly impossible to social distance in casinos, meaning they're likely to become superspreader sites where one person could infect a whole crowd of people as they hop between tables and slot machines.

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Another troublesome fact is that Nevada only includes residents in its coronavirus case counts. And since out-of-state visitors outnumber Las Vegas locals by 20 to 1, it's extremely tricky to trace the coronavirus as well as gauge how accurate the reported number of infected individuals may be. Currently, there are 14,370 total coronavirus cases in Nevada, with a record-breaking number of single-day cases on June 23, signaling that Sin City could be a new COVID-19 hotspot. In other words, $20 or not, it might be best not to test your luck. And for more places at risk of the coronavirus pandemic, check out These States Where COVID-19 Cases Are Spiking Have Paused Reopening.

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