he Navajo Nation is preparing to reopen all four tribal-run casinos by the middle of the month. Those include Twin Arrows Casino in Arizona, and Fire Rock, Northern Edge and Flowing Water casinos in New Mexico. Officials said Monday they have stepped up sanitation and will enact new rules to keep people safe.
The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises said that during the temporary closures, all Navajo Gaming properties went through deep biohazard cleaning and sanitation processes, and all surfaces that are touched or breathed on from the floor to ceiling have had electrostatic spraying.
“Since our closure March 17, our executive team members and the Board of Directors have worked very closely with Navajo Nation Leadership, adhering to all executive orders issued by the Office of the President and Vice President,” stated Interim CEO Brian Parrish in a press release. “We continue to monitor this pandemic and follow all protocols set forth by the Navajo Nation Department of Health and U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.”
“Within the next two weeks, we hope to have all our team members returning back to work in a sterile clean environment with training on the use of PPEs and COVID-19 mitigation protocols according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines,” said Quincy Natay, Chairman, Board of Directors Navajo Gaming.
Each property will open at 50 percent capacity and a 6 feet social distancing requirement throughout the facilities. The casinos have implemented pre-opening plans and will issue protective equipment to staff including mandatory mask wearing by guests and team members, and mandate employee training. They’ll also enforce physical distancing measures and check the temperatures of all employees and patrons before they’re allowed to enter casinos. There will be one entrance for guests and another for employees.