MGM Resorts CEO Urges All Employees to Get Vaccinated to Prevent Future COVID Restrictions

Vegas’s largest casino group asks all employees to get vaccinated to prevent layoffs and furloughs

8/1/2021 10:33:00 PM

Vegas’s largest casino group asks all employees to get vaccinated to prevent layoffs and furloughs

An impassioned letter to MGM Resorts staff from Bill Hornbuckle warns of future layoffs and furloughs if COVID-19 numbers continue to climb

President and CEO of MGM Resorts International Bill Hornbuckle (second from top left) and president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Daniel Lamarre (top center) pose for a photo with “O” by Cirque du Soleil cast and crew as they arrive at the Bellagio on reopening night on July 1.

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Denise Truscello/Getty Images MGM Resorts InternationalFollowing anew state mandate requiring everyone to wear masks indoorsregardless of vaccination status, the CEO of the state’s largest employer asked employees to get vaccinated to avoid potential furloughs and layoffs if Clark County’s COVID-19 numbers continue to climb and tourism potentially drops.

MGM Resorts president and CEO Bill Hornbuckle sent a letter to employees on Wednesday pleading employees to get vaccinated. “In addition to the heart-wrenching thought of more illness and death, I fear that progressively more restrictive measures, including a return to social distancing and capacity restrictions, could be around the corner if we continue on this path. This would be a significant blow to our community, industry, and economy.”

On Friday, the state’s latest mandate requiring masks indoors goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. as 12 of 17 counties in Nevada are experiencing a new surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. As of July 27, only 44.1 percent of Clark County residents are fully vaccinated.

“So please, get the vaccine as soon as possible. It is safe, and it is effective. If you’re still unsure, ask your doctor — the person you trust most to provide informed, professional medical advice regarding the health of you and your family,” Horbuckle writes in his letter.

Hornbuckle warned that the county’s low vaccination rate could bring new social distancing and capacity limits. “None of us want that,” Hornbuckle says in the letter. “After the pain endured by so many these past 16 months — and the tremendous progress made in 2021 — I can think of no more damaging scenario for us as a community.”

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