June 2, 2020
As Tribes in Washington gradually reopen their casinos, the Washington Indian Gaming Association wants everyone to understand the careful precautions in place to protect health as this vital economic lifeline is restored.
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.
Each Tribe is thoughtfully tailoring their reopening plans to address local circumstances and needs. And Tribes are relying on health experts, science and data to guide their decisions. 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.
Guests will notice major changes when they return to tribal casinos. Each tribal gaming facility has strict safety plans to protect employees, guests and nearby communities. Specific practices will vary by Tribe, but all are establishing 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 and strongly encouraging personal protective equipment (e.g., masks and gloves), and
- making physical changes to facilities to support social distancing and safety.
Recent news may be focused on safe casino re-openings but Tribes are also planning for the long-term. They 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 – http://www.luckyeagle.com/health-precautions
Cowlitz – https://ilaniresort.com/updates.html
Lower Elwha –http://www.elwharivercasino.com/
Makah – https://makah.com/
Muckleshoot – https://muckleshootcasino.com/keeping-you-informed/
Nisqually – https://redwindcasino.com/
Port Gamble S’Klallam –https://www.thepointcasinoandhotel.com/covid-19-update/
Puyallup – https://www.emeraldqueen.com/
Shoalwater Bay – https://swbcasino.com/
Squaxin Island – https://www.little-creek.com/casino/index.php
Stillaguamish – https://www.angelofthewinds.com/coronavirus/
Washington State COVID-19 Updates
Governor Inslee’s Tribal Lands/Essential Activity Guidance Letter – Tribal Lands Guidance Letter