Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced this week on CNN that she plans on reopening casinos in her city in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This plan drew backlash from casino workers who are not on board with Goodman’s plan, according to NBC News.
“We’re not test subjects,” said Alexander Acosta, a banquet bartender with the Caesar Forum Conference Center. “We’re people. We are employees. We try to live every day as we can.”
Jay Blake, who works in a VIP lounge at a Las Vegas casino, is concerned that the reopening could create a health crisis for the entire industry.
“I’m concerned if we open to everyone, [there will be] people coming from hot spots, places with outbreaks, where social distancing wasn’t as stringent as it was here,” he said.
64-year-old casino security official Dee Kenny told NBC News that she won’t be going back if they opened due to her underlying health conditions.
“There’s no proper protocols in place anywhere,” Kenny said. “I’m not going to go back until I’m not at risk.”