Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Washington State Reopens for Business

Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Washington State Reopens for Business

While commercial casinos remain closed for business, some tribal casinos across the US have already started reopening their businesses. The latest casino to reopen is the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Washington State.

Safety precautions in place

The casino was reopened after following extensive safety precautions. However, there was a complaint about inadequate safety measures on the premises. The casino posted on its Facebook page,

“Thank you Spokane for a fabulous first day back! Welcome back, everyone! We love having you!”

A Facebook user said that the casino was chaotic on Day 1 of its opening and people were not using a mask. She also claimed that the casino was being irresponsible in the way it opened.

Northern Quest Casino in Washington State Reopens for Business

The casino was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic more than a month ago. Ago, as it is run by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians on their sovereign land, the casino doesn’t necessarily have to follow the state laws. Moreover, sovereign nations depend extensively on their casino income to run because of which tribal casinos are increasingly supporting a reopening.

The casino added to its Facebook post that the safety and health of its guests is a top priority and it has put enhanced cleaning and sanitation processes in place to ensure the same. It has also increased measures for social distancing throughout the premises. Moreover, it would adopt phased reopening in some areas. It noted that as people commit to staying home if they see symptoms, businesses can safely reopen.

Casino defends its decision

Nick Pierre, the general manager of the casino said that they reviewed all health data before deciding to reopen the venue. They are monitoring the situation but the tribes need casino revenue to continue funding their operations. He said that the complies with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which includes sanitization, cleaning, and social distancing.

The casino also noted that all employees who are working in direct guest-service areas will wear masks. Guests are also being encouraged to bring masks along when they enter the casino. The casino will also keep a limited supply of masks for purchase.

Additionally, the property has introduced plexiglass barriers in some regions and floor markets that would help in six-foot distancing. It would also feature hand sanitization stations.

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