Washington’s Angel of the Winds Casino Resort reopened for guests
The Angel of the Winds Casino Resort in the state of Washington has finally been reopened for gamers and betters, nearly two months after the state governor passed ‘stay-at-home’ order in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
The Snohomish County’s entertainment venue is owned and operated by the government-recognized Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians. It was shuttered on 17th of March as part of the government’s efforts to prevent the notorious coronavirus from spreading further. Nearly 1000 people have lost their lives due to corona related infection in Washington alone.
The concerned entertainment facility is situated roughly 45 miles north of Seattle, and it is one of the 29 tribal casinos in Washington that has been reopened just a few days after Governor Jay Inslee extended the corona virus-related stay-at-home order through to the end of May.
Ron Allen of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe who is serving as Chairman for the Washington Indian Gaming Association noted that several casino-operating tribes decided to reopen their gambling properties early because their incomes depended mainly on gaming revenues. He also described the statewide shutdown as ‘devastating’ because of the fact that those venues provided employment as well as funds for child care programs, elder care programs, public safety etc.
Speaking on the topic, Mr. Allen said, “We highly respect the objectives of the Governor and the state and the health care officials. But we feel that we can open the properties safely in a way that will not cause a spike.”
The state government is also eager to allow businesses, including entertainment venues, to reopen to give a much-required boost to the corona-hit economy, but officials are concerned that any relaxation could help corona virus to spread further and kill many more people. Thus, in various states, governments have decided to reopen businesses in a phased manner. Moreover, a newly released survey has indicated that nearly two-third of American population is current time is not appropriate for reopening businesses.
Any tribal casino planning to reopen will have to ensure public safety through measures like sanitization of wiping down of high-traffic surfaces, making hand sanitizer available for both guests and employees, limiting the number of guests and making arrangements for temperature screenings for employees and guests. In addition, areas like registration desks and lobbies will have to be clearly marked off to help maintain social distancing.