COVID-19 UPDATE

July 27, 2020

The Washington Indian Gaming Association wants everyone to understand the careful precautions in place to protect health at tribal casinos.

Washington’s tribal sovereign nations made the difficult decision to close casinos in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal governments rely on casino revenue to generate vital funds for basic government services such as health care, education, elder programs, infrastructure and human services. Casino revenue also funds services necessary to address the COVID-19 virus. Most tribes reopened their casinos in June after carefully considering local circumstances and needs.

As the pandemic continues, each Tribe will make decisions about casino operations based on their own unique situation. Tribes are relying on health experts, science and data to guide their decisions and they are working closely with the Governor, state and county departments of health, and other key agencies and leaders to stay on top of the latest coronavirus developments and refine their approaches.

Each tribal gaming facility has strict safety plans to protect employees, guests and nearby communities. Specific practices will vary by Tribe, but all have strong coronavirus prevention protocols including:

  • limiting the number of guests to support physical distancing,
  • cleaning and disinfecting facilities and equipment,
  • preparing and training staff,
  • providing, strongly encouraging, and in  most cases requiring personal protective equipment (e.g., masks), and
  • making physical changes to facilities to support social distancing and safety.

Tribes will continue to monitor the situation and adapt their practices appropriately to protect health, the economy, jobs and communities.

Since this is a rapidly changing situation with unique circumstances for each community, it is best to reach out to individual Tribes to learn more. A listing of tribal resources follows.

See below for information on the following tribal casinos:

Chehalis

Colville

Cowlitz

Jamestown

Kalispel

Lower Elwha

Lummi

Makah

Muckleshoot

Nisqually

Nooksack

Port Gamble S’Klallam

Puyallup

Quniault

Shoalwater Bay

Skokomish

Snoqualmie

Spokane

Squaxin Island

Stillaguamish

Suquamish

Swinomish

Tulalip

Yakama

Federal Resources

U.S. Department of the Treasury: The CARES Act Provides Assistance for State and Local Governments

Data Portal for Tribal Governments (CARES Act) – Updated 4.13.20

The Presidents Coronavirus Guidelines for America – 15 Days to Slow the Spread

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela

https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/03/20/hhs-announces-upcoming-action-to-provide-funding-to-tribes-for-covid-19-response.html

http://www.ncai.org/initiatives/partnerships-initiatives/resources-for-indian-country-coronavirus

Washington State COVID-19 Updates

Governor Inslee’s Tribal Lands/Essential Activity Guidance Letter – Tribal Lands Guidance Letter

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/

https://aihc-wa.com/incident-responses-and-other-news/

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board COVID-19 Resources

http://www.npaihb.org/covid-19/