Arizona Casinos Announce Shut Down Again To Reevaluate Coronavirus Precaution Plan

On Thursday, Gila River Gaming announced plans to temporarily shut down three Phoenix-area casinos, as a safety measure against the increase in COVID-19 in Arizona.

Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte and Vee Quiva were closed at 2 a.m. and will stay shut for two weeks. The company said employees will continue to be paid.

“Like our sister tribes and businesses all over Arizona, we have tried to do what is best for all, while processing new information and new guidelines about the pandemic with little in the way of definitive guidance,” Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis said in a press release.

The casinos will use the time to reassess their “current safety standards” based on community feedback, the CDC and the Gila River Indian Community Council.

The group said it will review their current social distancing measures, disinfecting procedures, testing protocols and mandated masking.

Arizona casinos reopened mid-May, after the state’s stay-at-home order expired.


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