Many inventions have been born in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and for diehard gamblers, self-cleaning slot machine dividers might be just the ticket to safely pursue their passion.
The sanitary partition was developed by Smith Rosen Gaming Partitions and uses an ultraviolet wand to clean the acrylic surface while promoting proper social distancing.
Jeff Smith, CEO of Smith Gaming Partitions told Fox Business:
"It actually maintains the integrity of how slot machines should be. It has a nice lighting feature as well, and at the same time it cleans the surface, and gets rid of bacteria and disinfects."
According to Fox Business, no dividers have been installed in Las Vegas casinos but Smith said he expects his product to be available during the month of May. He did not disclose the price, but says there is already a high demand. He added the slot machine dividers were designed to be a long-term solution to many ongoing problems.
"They still maintain the integrity and pizzazz of what a Las Vegas casino floor should be about, and they keep people safe," he told Fox Business.
This comes as good news as hotels and casinos across the Las Vegas Valley discuss ways to make sure visitors feel safe returning to the tourist-reliant state, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. According to experts, Vegas needs to show travelers it can deliver a great pre-coronavirus experience while addressing post-coronavirus hygiene concerns.
"If its not a 'safe place to play,' it may take longer for Vegas to bounce back," said Jonathon Day, an associate professor at the Purdue University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, according to the Review-Journal.
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