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The Nevada Gaming Control Board Wednesday issued a directive reminding casinos not to hold large-scale Super Bowl parties amid the coronavirus pandemic or they’ll be disciplined.

The directive reminded casinos that Gov. Steve Sisolak has extended his “pause” through Feb. 14th that limits casinos to 25 percent of their capacity and gatherings to 50 people or 25 percent of the listed fire code capacity in the area a gathering will occur.

“For properties of a gaming licensee with two or more distinct rooms, arenas, areas, or buildings, this provision may apply separately to each distinct gathering space where each gathering space is separated from other gathering spaces on the premises of the same property of the licensee by a rigid wall structure and where each gathering space has a distinct fire code occupancy capacity,” the directive said.

The statement issued by Board Chairman J. Brin Gibson went out to say the board will strictly enforce the directive.

“All potential violations of Directive 035 occurring in the context of the Super Bowl game or otherwise will be investigated and, where appropriate, may result in disciplinary action,” the statement said. “With vaccination now occurring and with Governor Sisolak’s recent reprioritization of front-line gaming employees in the vaccination queue, now is the time to ensure that the Nevada gaming industry can seize every available competitive advantage associated with widespread industry vaccination and rigorous safety and cleanliness practices. Short term gains achieved at the expense of the industry’s longer-term ability to rightly proclaim itself the safest tourism and convention host site in the world could prove shortsighted.”

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