LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Your next visit to a casino could look very different. A video of a sneeze guard attached to a blackjack table at a casino was shared widely on Twitter.
Gaming professional Joe Bunevith posted it. He said it was taken at Margaritaville Resort Casino in Bossier City, Louisiana, and the video was shared with him by a friend.
'We’re at this really strange part where we’re going to have to bring consumers in, the ones that have been with us for a long time, and we also have to drive out some fear of the ones we’re trying to attract," said Bunevith.
People from around the world sit at blackjack, poker and gaming tables in Las Vegas. They bring their money, expertise and sometimes, germs.
"Will it stop the virus? I mean no I think that’s obvious to everyone. Will it stop a direct sneeze on someone ? Yeah, very likely so," said Bunevith.
A woman who works as a table games dealer at Margaritaville Resort Casino said she became frustrated when she saw the video. She asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing her job.
"From a dealers point of view, just look at that video and realize there’s just no way that’s going to keep us safe or keep the germs away ... Are they going to clean them every hour?" she said.
Plexiglass shields or "sneeze guards" are popping up at grocery stores and gas stations across the country. It’s not just to protect the customers, but the workers too.
The table games dealer said unlike store clerks, she said dealers interact with the same people for hours.
"We’re not allowed to leave our tables if someone sneezes or has a coughing fit," she said.
"It’s kind of like a seat belt on an airplane, right? It does have some value, how much? That’s to be debated," said Bunevith. "I’ve actually had a few people remark to me like, 'oh this would be good. I can keep the guy smoking a cigar to my left, his smoke will be in his area a little bit more."
Some people replied to his tweet and asked about the reflection and cheating. Others asked how casinos will prevent the spread of germs through poker chips.
"The theory is to have a second dealer that only deals with the actual chips and cards, they actually play the hand for you," said Bunevith.
FOX5 reached out to several casino companies and asked if they plan to install anything similar within its casinos. Most spokespersons said they didn't have anything share yet.
"Without knowing the specifics of a plexiglas requirement, I’m unable to comment. Anyone who makes that suggestion should be prepared to spell out exactly how plexiglas would be deployed in a casino resort context. I’m not prepared to go into details about our reopening work at this time, " said a spokesperson with Caesars Entertainment.
"When that door opens, there’s going to be an instant flood. So we've got to try to do some things for this beloved city of ours to get things moving again and innovative ideas like this arise," said Bunevith.
FOX5 reached out to Penn Gaming about its casino in Louisiana and did not hear back.