According to Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Communications Manager Andrea Marvin, Blue Lake Casino in California will reopen today (Monday) after being closed for nearly four months because of the pandemic.
As was the case at casinos Bear River and Cher-Ae Heights, the reopening would take place with some different guidelines on health and safety. According to a press release, casino occupancy would be reduced to 30 percent of the average pre-pandemic, with half of the slot machines removed and half of the table games open. Protective barriers are set between dealers and players, chips are constantly sanitised and surfaces are cleaned off every hour. Thermal cameras were mounted at the exits, and visitors on the casino floor would be expected to wear masks.
Restaurants at the casino — Alice’s, Lily Pad, and Sushi Blue — limit parties to 10 or less participants, and tables are all 6 feet apart. No food or drinks are permitted on the casino floor.
The Blue Lake Hotel opened to guests a few weeks ago and during their cleaning duties housekeepers and inspectors were wearing face masks, gowns and gloves, reports the North Coast Journal. Additionally, sneeze guards are set up in the lobby around the property and physically distancing stickers advise visitors how to keep their distance during check-in and check-out period. The tribe has requested that visitors only ride with their groups in elevators.
The tribe released a statement that read: “All of the tribe’s employees have been briefed and trained on the new health and safety guidelines. In addition, the tribe partnered with United Indian Health Services to give employees a COVID-19 antibody test, a crucial step toward safely reopening. A second COVID-19 test will be offered to employees in mid-July at the county’s pop-up site on the rancheria.”