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Gila River Casinos to reopen again with new safety measures

Posted at 12:19 PM, Jul 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 15:19:33-04

Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva casinos are reopening Thursday after a recent coronavirus-related closure.

Gila River Hotels and Casinos shut down the three properties in mid-Juneafter employees expressed concern over health and safety measures. One employee at the Lone Butte location died from coronavirus,according to his family.

During the two-week closure, they reportedly implemented further health and safety protocols. According to the company, those now include:

  • Non-smoking at all properties with designated smoking areas
  • Casino will close from 2 a.m. - 10 a.m. daily for deep-cleaning
  • Providing paid leave of absence for at-risk team members
  • COVID-19 testing for team members every two weeks
  • Mandatory temperature checks for team members and guests upon arrival
  • Mandatory face coverings/masks for all team members and guests
  • Extensive disinfection procedures
  • Best available training to protect workers and all visitors
  • Guests will be advised to practice physical distancing
  • Casino floors and gaming tables have been redesigned to ensure physical distancing and reduced occupancy
  • Plexiglass separation enhancements on slot machines
  • 100 total Sanitation Stations on gaming floor and back of house with bright green signage
  • New "Cleaning Alert System" on all slots - allows you to alert a cleaning ambassador if you would like your slot machine cleaned
  • Increased cleaning ambassador team members
  • External cleaning company Landcorp. deep-cleaned all properties including back of house team member areas
  • Ongoing training for continuous and rigorous sanitation measures as best practices evolve

Gila River Hotels and Casinos also closed in March, " do our part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19),” Kenneth Manuel, CEO of Gila River Hotels & Casinos, said in a statement at the time. They reopened in mid-May when Governor Doug Ducey's stay-at-home order expired.