World Series Of Poker Removes Mask Mandate For 2021 Events
The 2021 Globe Series of Poker will be played without having a mask mandate.
According to a tweet from the organization on Tuesday afternoon, since all the players, media and spectators will be needed to show proof of vaccination, the occasion is compliant with NV Emergency Directive 050. The directive was signed by Gov. Steve Sisolak and permitted for events that demand proof of vaccination to disregard the existing indoor mask mandate.
By complying with the directive, players will be permitted to take their masks off while they are sitting at the tables.
At the end of August, the WSOP announced its new requirement for this year’s reside series with mixed reactions from the poker globe. When it was initially released, nonetheless, the organizers said that masks would be needed for anyone in the playing area.
Initially, it was rumored that the mask mandate would stay in spot because the dealers and staff at the event would not be needed to receive the vaccine. Caesars Interactive Entertainment never directly responded to any of these accusations but did release a statement to one more media outlet relating to the concern.
“As with all Caesars Entertainment Group Members, WSOP Team Members are strongly encouraged to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Caesars is committed to generating vaccination straightforward and accessible for all Group Members. Moreover, the Company is delivering considerable incentives for Team Members who pick to be vaccinated,” study the statement.
A handful of poker pros responded to the tweet relating to the new mask improvement with continued skepticism about unvaccinated employees.
I do not want to take away my mask about unvaccinated dealers, though…
— Matt Stout (@MattStoutPoker) September 7, 2021
Ten handed poker with unvaccinated dealers and no masks? What could go wrong?
— Jeff Boski (@ICuRaRook) September 7, 2021
Aside from the staff concern, the reactions looked to be quite split. Some players wanted to keep mask mandates in location, whilst others had been thrilled to play poker like it was 2019.
— TonyDunstTV (@tonydunsttv) September 7, 2021
Ugh. Significantly less probably to go- that is crazy. A extremely simple issue we can do to avoid spread and you don’t do it. So frustrating.
— 22 (@pokerbucket) September 7, 2021
According to the “Frequently Asked Questions” portion of the WSOP website, medical and religious exemptions to the vaccine requirement will not be permitted and are not permitted below the emergency directive.