Senator Jacky Rosen said Tuesday she does not endorse the need for vaccination records for local events, citing recent successes in the Las Vegas casino industry, continued efforts to contain COVID-19 and improve vaccination rates as an alternative means of doing this Promoting security.
“I think our companies are able and willing to do anything to get people back home,” Rosen said at a press conference after touring the New York-New York resort and T-Mobile Arena with MGM Resorts international executives.
Rosen, who was recently appointed chairman of a tourism, trade and export promotion subcommittee on the Senate Trade Committee, said corporations and the state must continue to have a robust testing and tracing program to ensure that if people are not vaccinated, there are no more outbreaks and loss of life. However, this must be weighed against the tourism-based economic existence of the state, she said.
“We have to find a good way to compromise and protect everyone,” said Rosen. âI’m not sure if a pass is the right way to go. I think we can do many other things to build consumer confidence to get back together. “
John Flynn, vice president of administration at MGM, added that the state is nearing the 60 percent threshold for starting vaccination required for casinos to return to 100 percent occupancy. According to state records, around 46 percent of the population had at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose by Tuesday.
MGM offers rapid testing and vaccination record technology as an option for groups hosting conventions, but is not required.
While President Joe Biden’s administration ruled against compulsory vaccination records last month, the European Union, Canada, and private companies in the US continue to weigh the option of mandatory travel or convention entry.
Fellow Catherine Cortez Masto, a Senator from Nevada, who took a similar tour of the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday, also doesn’t support the idea of ââvaccine passports, spokesman Josh Marcus-Blank told the Review Journal on Tuesday.
Rosen noted that the Vegas Golden Knights were recently awarded 50 percent capacity for the remainder of the National Hockey League’s season, up from just 15 percent in March.
As they toured the empty arena – with half of the seats highlighted in red for distancing – the T-Mobile Arena vice president and general manager told Rosen that greater capacity means more Nevadans will return to work.
âGetting people back to work is the most important thing you can do,â Rosen replied.