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casinos have announced plans to reopen as early as the week of May 11th
after about two months of silent slot machines, empty card tables and closed
doors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Many of the casinos expect to implement new sanitation
measures to curtail the spread the of COVID-19. Fort McDowell Casino near
Fountain Hills, Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino in Maricopa, Gila River Hotel
and Casinos at Lone Butte in Chandler, Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, and Vee
Quiva in Laveen are all scheduled to reopen May 15, the same day the statewide
stay-at-home order is set to expire.
At Gila River Casinos, customers will be asked—but not
required—to wear masks, and plastic glass-like material is being installed on
slot machines to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Health officials on Tuesday reported 20 additional COVID-19
deaths, raising the state’s reported total to at least 562.
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just $5 Vets can get acknowledgement on drivers license
Solano County’s 33,500 veterans and the 11,000
veterans in Napa County are now eligible to receive a driver’s license
acknowledging their service in the United States Armed Forces, through a new
12, the Department of Motor Vehicles will be issuing driver’s licenses with
the word “veteran” on them to those who qualify, Napa and Solano County
veterans can visit the Napa County Veterans Service Office (CVSO), at 650
Imperial Way in downtown Napa, and complete the DMV application.
Veterans will need a
certified copy of their discharge papers (DD-214) showing they received anything
other than a dishonorable discharge or that they served in a Guard or Reserve
component and were mobilized for federal active duty.
Solano County vets can stop by the Solano County
Veterans Service Office for an official application form, which they can take to
the DMV starting Nov. 12 to get the new veteran driver’s license. Solano
County Director of Veterans Services Ted Puntillo asks that vets bring a copy of
their DD-214 paperwork to get the form.
The new driver’s license means veterans will no
longer need to carry their discharge papers to show proof of military service,
The CVSO will verify the documents and approve the
application, which can then be submitted to the DMV. There
is a $5 fee to have the veteran
designation placed on a driver’s license, on top of the normal renewal fees,
officials said. Veterans who are not due for renewal can obtain a new license
for a $35 replacement fee.
The CVSO can order
copies of discharge papers. Veterans who visit the office can also discuss their
eligibility for federal, state and local benefits. To date, Solano County Vet
Services has already helped more than 100 vets obtain the application form,
For more Napa information, call 707-253-4558. In
Solano, call, (707) 784-6590. Contact Rachel Raskin-Zrihen at (707) 553-6824.
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and Duchess of Cambridge offered bingo-calling lessons
England—The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been offered bingo-calling lessons.
William and Duchess Catherine took on the roles of bingo callers during a
virtual game with care home residents in Wales earlier this week, and Buzz Bingo
has now offered to help the royal couple following a tongue-in-cheek complaint
from one resident.
Bingo—which operates a chain of bingo clubs in the UK - said: ''We're
delighted to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge engaging in a spot of Zoom
bingo with residents of the Shire Hall Care Home, in Cardiff. The game is great
for keeping the mind nimble and virtually socializing during these times.
“As Ms Joan Drew Smith did comment, the bingo
calling ’wasn’t as good as it should have been!” so we’d love to offer
training and guidance for future bingo calls from our fantastic team at Buzz,
we’re more than happy to lend a hand.'”
Duchess Catherine began the game by calling, “Six
and two, tickety-boo.”
Prince William knew they could do better and promised to work on their bingo
calls for their next game.
He told the residents: “We’ll say a big thank
you and goodbye to everybody, and we'll try and do a bit better at bingo next
Buzz Bingo have marked the occasion by dedicating
the bingo call for number 58 to the royals.
The firm will also donate 10p from every £1 ticket
that’s sold over the May Bank Holiday Millions Mega Draw to the NHS.
Buzz Bingo said: “As a mark of honor, we are
going to propose a new bingo call—58 will be dedicated to—William and Kate.
“Additionally this weekend on bank holiday
Monday, we’re going to donate 10p from every £1 ticket sold in the Bank
Holiday Bingo Millions Mega Draw to the NHS. We’re committed to recognizing
and rewarding the nation.”
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LAS VEGAS, GGB News—It’s
a sight that may soon be commonplace at blackjack tables and slot machines:
protective plastic barriers, easy to install, completely transparent, designed
to provide a protective screen for customers and casino staff in the Covid-19
era. The concept got its start in a casino that’s been a landmark for 80
years, in the town where legal gambling in America was born.
“These are crazy times,” said Adam Wiesberg,
general manager of the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas, in an
interview with GGB News. “So when the shutdown came, what all of us
here were thinking about is when and how to get back in business.”
When Nevada gaming regulators issued their
guidelines for social distancing once the industry reopens, Wiesberg had a
brainstorm. He phoned a longtime vendor, James Swanson of Las Vegas-based
Screaming Images. The graphic design firm has a client base that includes the
leading names in Vegas gaming, along with a slew of NFL and NBA franchises and
entertainment giants like Live Nation and AEG.
Like Wiesberg, Swanson was feeling his own pandemic
pain. He’d had to furlough 24 workers. “Since all this stuff started,” he
said, “our business just died. I was trying to come up with any idea I could
to find some new revenue stream.”
Wiesberg approached him with the idea for a kind of
shield, something visible but unobtrusive, with a measure of protection in
accordance with the limited seating the Gaming Control Board was going to allow.
It would offer some psychological value in the bargain, making folks feel
comfortable with splitting their aces and eights again.
Swanson went out to the El Cortez on East Fremont
Street, a popular rendezvous for locals and tourists alike whose core of loyal
customers goes back decades.
Wiesberg presented Swanson with some rough drawings
of what he had in mind. They walked the empty gaming floor, kicking around
wanted something very simple and intuitive,” said Wiesberg. “Maybe it’s
not the most original idea, but I thought that if you have a kind of shield
between you and the dealer and you and the other players, everybody feels a
little more safe.”
Swanson brought a design team over. Within a day,
he was back with a prototype. “Two or three prototypes later,” he said,
“here we are.”
The barriers will be installed on five or six of
the dozen or so tables Wiesberg expects to reopen with. They’re made from a
standard see-through acrylic, the kind Screaming Images uses for any number of
sign jobs. They feature curved shields between dealers and players with openings
where bets and payouts can be passed, so there’s no customer contact with the
cards. The individual shields between players extend from the front edge of the
stool, past the rail to the betting circles. They provide plenty of room for
each player to move freely.
“You don’t really feel like you’re in a
bubble or something,” Swanson explained. “You can see clearly, can clearly
hear everyone at the table.”
partitions lock in place without bolts or screws, so there is no damage to the
tables, and can be easily removed or refitted to accommodate either three or
And by virtue of the visibility they provide,
they’ve already passed muster with El Cortez’s surveillance team. Moreover,
since they were conceived from the start as a temporary measure, they won’t
cost hard-pressed casino operators an arm and a leg.
similar model has been designed for slot machines.
“We’re learning something every day,” Swanson
said. “This is brand-new stuff. There’s been nothing like this before. So
we’re making adjustments and changes as we go.”
Once the word got out to local media, it spread
like brushfire. The New York Times, Washington Post and Forbes have
come calling. Screaming Images is filling orders for casinos around the country,
and fielding inquiries from as far as away as South Africa and the Philippines.
The company’s plant near McCarran International Airport has set aside showroom
space to exhibit the barriers. Business is booming again.
“It’s allowed me to bring 11 of my people
back,” said Swanson. “That’s the best possible thing for me.”
Wiesberg, the satisfaction is similar, and harkens back to the best traditions
of old-time Las Vegas.
“The El Cortez was built by the local community
for the local community,” he told GGB. “We’ll always do what’s
best for our base, which is that community. “The No. 1 priority is
safety—the safety of my customers, my safety, my employees’ safety. I’ve
got employees who have been with us for 40 years. Our owners are here six days a
“As much as we want to open up, we want to be
sure we do it safely. We’ve been here 80 years and hope to be here another
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