G2E will require face coverings for participants at 2021 conference; evaluating other precautions

G2E will require face coverings for participants at 2021 conference; evaluating other precautions

  • Rege Behe
August 11, 2021 7:04 PM
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The much-anticipated return of the Global Gaming Expo, after a year’s hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak, is still scheduled for Oct. 4-7 at the Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas.

But due to the reemergence of  COVID cases in Nevada, extra precautions are being taken. In a Wednesday statement, G2E announced that all participants will be required to wear face coverings during the four-day event, aligning with the emergency directive Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued on July 30.

“These updates reinforce how quickly the state of the pandemic changes,” said American Gaming Association Vice President, Global Events, Meredith Pallante, and G2E Event Director Korbi Carrison, in a joint statement. “We know that mandates will almost certainly change again by the time we convene in October.”

In addition, the G2E event staff is currently evaluating, with input from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, protocols that may be enforced at the conference. G2E visitors, exhibitors, media, staff, and other event participants may be required to show proof of vaccinations, or a negative COVID-19 test, to be admitted to the event.

On July 30, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an emergency directive requiring everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, to wear a mask at indoor public settings in counties with substantial or high transmission rates. That included Clark County, where Las Vegas is located.

“As we countdown to October, we will communicate health and safety updates directly to you,” the statement said, “and continue to update our guidelines and official regulations on the G2E health and safety page.”

Rege Behe is lead contributor to CDC Gaming Reports. He can be reached at rbehe@cdcgaming.com. Please follow @RegeBehe_exPTR on Twitter.