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Man Charged With Trespassing After Refusing To Wear Mask In Nevada Casino

Man Told Sheriffs "He Did Not Care About The Face Masks"

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A gambler in the Lake Tahoe area found out just how serious the mandatory mask policy inside Nevada casinos after being forced by authorities to either comply or stay out.

According to a report from the Record-Courier, a twice-weekly newspaper in Northern Nevada, a man was sitting at a bar in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe around 2 a.m. July 4. He was not wearing a mask.

The man was approached by security and was told that he needed to put a mask on to stay at the bar. If he wouldn’t comply with the order, he must leave the property. The man refused both options multiple times and was taken into custody by security for trespassing.

The Douglas County Sheriff arrived on the scene and took him before Tahoe Justice of the Peace Richard Glasson. According to court documents, the man said “he did not care about the face masks and was not wearing one,” before he was taken by police.

Glasson released him on his own recognizance but ordered the man to either comply with the mask mandate or to stay out of the casinos entirely.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Douglas County has 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 without any deaths. In Washoe county, just north of Lake Tahoe, there are 3,260 cases with 82 deaths.

Nevada casinos were allowed to reopen June 4 after nearly three months of a forced shutdown in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Masks were optional for guests for initially, but a couple weeks later, the policy was updated, making masks mandatory for everyone inside the property.