LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — MGM Resorts employees are being required to provide proof of vaccination or begin getting weekly COVID-19 tests — that they have to pay for.

A spokesman for MGM confirmed the policy to 8 News Now Tuesday night in a statement:

As of July 26, Covid-19 testing will transition to an ongoing cadence and any Las Vegas employee who is not designated in Workday as “Home Office” for their location and does not have a vaccine verification sticker will be required to participate.”

Brian Ahern, MGM spokesman

Employees are required to upload a photo of their vaccine card or begin paying a $15 co-pay for weekly tests on properties. According to Ahern, they also have the option to get a PCR test somewhere else and bring the results to work or upload them to My MGM.

The requirement moves beyond efforts to require employees to wear masks.

The company says last names will be divided into four testing groups, they are as follows:

  • Group 1: A-E
  • Group 2: F-L
  • Group 3: M-R
  • Group 4: S-Z

Groups will be assigned a specific week for testing and validation and will be notified of their timeframe through Workday, My MGM, LEO and SHOWcase. This began on July 26.

MGM says employees who test positive or have close contact with someone who tests positive will be notified and must quarantine. If an employee is not fully vaccinated, they will not be paid for that time during quarantine.

MGM Resorts International operates these properties in Las Vegas: Bellagio, Aria Resort & Casino, Vdara, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, Delano Las Vegas, MGM Grand Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Skylofts at MGM Grand, The Mansion at MGM Grand, The Signature at MGM Grand, The Mirage, New York-New York, Park MGM.

The company operates more casinos across the United States and across the world. A recent estimate puts the number of worldwide employees at about 35,000 — less than half the number employed before the pandemic.