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Wynn Las Vegas says employees must get vaccinated or submit weekly negative tests

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Wynn Las Vegas will require employees to either receive a COVID-19 vaccination or show they've tested negative for the virus on a regular basis.

The company announced the new policy Thursday, saying that 60% of employees have already been vaccinated.

For employees who do not get vaccinated, they will have to show weekly negative COVID-19 tests.

"Our primary goal is to create the safest possible environment at Wynn, for both employees and guests," Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox said in a statement. "Vaccination rates are increasing throughout the country, and requiring our employees to either be vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis will make Wynn one of the safest vacation destinations in the U.S."

The announcement comes as the Nevada Gaming Control Board says it will only consider expanding capacity beyond the current 50% limit if casino-resorts take "measurable and material steps" to get employees vaccinated.

Several casino operators, including MGM Resorts, Caesars, Station Casinos and The Cosmopolitan, have started hosting on-site vaccine clinics for employees and their families.

Wynn Resorts' Encore Las Vegas has hosted UMC's vaccination clinic since January, and eligible employees have been able to receive shots there. Wynn Resorts says the site is expected to administer its 50,000th vaccine Thursday.

Wynn Las Vegas says it also has opened the Lighthouse COVID-19 Testing Lab to conduct testing on-site.

All Nevada residents age 16 and up are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.