Due to recent COVID-19 spikes in Arizona, the Gila River Hotels and Casinos have confirmed the temporary closure of all three of its properties for two weeks.
During the closure of its Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva casinos, the company has assured guests that following feedback from the community and its workers it will ‘reassess its current safety standards.’
All hotel reservations for arrival dates up to 19 July of this year have been cancelled with guests completely refunded due to the closure.
A social media post read: “To protect the health and safety of our team members and guests, Gila River Hotels & Casinos will be temporarily closing for two weeks to mitigate recent COVID-19 spikes in Arizona. All team members will be on paid leave while receiving benefits during this time.
“The closure will be effective for all three properties beginning at 2am on June 18. We will use this time to reexamine all aspects of our operations. This includes disinfection procedures, social distancing measures, health checks, testing protocols, masking and how best to protect workers and everyone who visits our properties.
“Throughout the closure, we will continue to monitor updates from the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services, and will update our safety protocols and procedures as necessary.”
Throughout the closure, Gila River Hotels and Casinos reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services will continue to track updates.
The reassessment of the casinos protection protocol follows the death according to his family of one of his security guard staff, Robert Washington, who died in hospital on June 11 because of COVID-19-related complications.
Mr. Washington ‘s daughter, as reported on azcentral.com, expressed concerns about the casino’s safety measures. She declared: “The day after reopening, he was like, ‘Lina, it was awful, it was horrible. The line was around the corner. 80 per cent of the people weren’t wearing masks.”
To protect the health and safety of our team members and guests, Gila River Hotels & Casinos will be temporarily closing for two weeks to mitigate recent COVID-19 spikes in Arizona, effective at 2AM June 18. All team members will be on paid leave and receive benefits. pic.twitter.com/2oGodxjgYH
— Gila River Hotels & Casinos (@PlayAtGila) June 18, 2020