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Gila River Casinos Reopen With Revised Safety Measure Following The Death Of An Employee




Gila River Hotels & Casinos

The Gila River Casinos have finally planned to reopen for the second time post-March-lockdown after chalking out the improved safety measures for visitors and their staff.

The Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte casinos belonging to the Gila River Hotels & Casinos will welcome their visitors on Thursday with revised safety and precautionary measures.

With the surge of Covid-19 cases in the state of Arizona, the shutters of the casinos were pulled down temporarily following the death of a Covid-19 positive casino employee in the state. Despite the repeated inquiries from Arizona’s Republic, the authorities of Gila River Hotels & Casinos denied revealing the number of Covid-19 positive patients. They said that the privacy of their workers was important to the management. 

After the term of Governor Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order expired, the state of Arizona slowly started coming back to life. At this time on May 15, the casinos under Gila Hotels & Casinos started opening their doors to visitors after the initial lockdown. 

The topmost authorities vowed to facilitate the implementation of the revised safety measures after reopening. One of such measures was motivating the guests to wear masks inside the casino. 

But the casinos were shuttered again on June 18 following the death of an employee. The tribal and casino leaders across the state announced that the casinos will remain shut for 2 weeks to study and consider the extra safety measures for staff and visitors. 

Listed below are the rules according to the revised safety measures.

  • Smoking is banned inside the casino properties
  • Compulsory temperature checks for staff and customers
  • Compulsory masks for staff and guests
  • Closure between 2 am to 10 am for cleaning and disinfecting
  • Redesigned gaming floors and attenuated occupancy to ensure physical distancing on gaming floors
  • Cleaning alerts on slot machines 
  • New sanitation stations on floors

As told by the CEO of Gila River Gaming Enterprises, these rules go beyond Arizona’s Department of Health Services and U.S. Centers for Disease Control guidelines for the additional safety of guests and staff. 



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