Updated June 18, 2020 - 8:15 am
An employee of the Mayfair Supper Club at Bellagio tested positive for coronavirus Wednesday afternoon. It’s unclear when the restaurant will reopen.
The venue was last open Sunday, and the employee received a diagnosis before reporting to work Wednesday evening, according to MGM Resorts International.
“One employee who worked in the kitchen at Mayfair tested positive for coronavirus this afternoon, so out of an abundance of caution, we are closing for the evening. We will be sanitizing the work area and determining who they may have come in contact with for both tracing and testing,” the company said.
When asked when the venue would reopen, an MGM spokesman said that information is “forthcoming.”
Any MGM guest who presents symptoms will be offered an on-site coronavirus test, the company said.
Brian Labus, an assistant professor in epidemiology and biostatistics at UNLV and a member of the medical team advising Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, said the worker’s diagnosis doesn’t come as a surprise since casinos are among the largest employers in Nevada.
“I don’t think we can say where this employee was infected. It may be related to their work, but it could just as easily happen when they are going about their daily lives,” he said. “Even if casinos were perfect in preventing disease transmission, we will still see casino employees infected.”