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Masks are now required at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

Masks will always be required indoors except when eating or drinking.

MARICOPA, Ariz. — Face coverings are now required for anyone visiting Caesars network properties, including Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, the company’s CEO said Thursday.

Masks will always be required indoors except when eating or drinking.

CEO Tony Rodio says the company is taking the measures even though the city of Maricopa and Pinal County has not ordered a mandatory mask policy in public areas or businesses.

A face covering has proven to be effective at limiting the spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC. The virus is primarily spread by in-person contact through sneezes and coughs.

“The scientific evidence strongly suggests that wearing masks and practicing social distancing may be the most important deterrent to spreading COVID-19 from person-to-person,” Rodio said.

The casino has been open since May 15, and coronavirus cases have sharply risen across the state since the end of Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order.

A beloved father and security guard at Lone Butte Casino near Chandler died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19, and his family says few people wore masks around him.

The casino closed again shortly after the death.

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