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Idaho Tribal Casino To Reopen May 1

Coeur d'Alene Casino Scheduled To Reopen With Use Of Masks And Several Social Distancing Measures In Place

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An Idaho tribal casino will reopen on May 1 with the use of masks and several social distancing measures.

According to a report from the Spokesman-Review, the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Council announced that Coeur d’Alene Casino will open for business as soon as Gov. Brad Little’s stay-home order expires April 30.

The casino closed on March 20, five days before Little put heavy restrictions on the state’s economy. Employees of the casino kept their jobs and pay for the duration of the shutdown. A May 1 opening for the casino will make it one of the first casinos in the country to reopen.

When business resumes Friday, the casino is implementing a requirement for everyone in the building to wear masks. There will also be more space between guests at restaurants, lounges and at table games. There will also be plexiglass barriers between gamblers and the casino will have enhanced cleaning measures in place for the foreseeable future.

Last week, Little released an eight-week plan to reopen the economy, assuming that the downward trend of infections in his state continues.

The Spokane-based newspaper is reporting that Little’s plan won’t allow gyms, restaurants and hair salons to open until mid-May.

Ernie Stensgar, chairman of the tribe, said that the tribe closing the casino before Little’s stay-home was vital to the success of public health in the community. Kootenai County has only had 59 reported cases of the disease since the pandemic started.

“We made the difficult decision to enact an early stay-home order and shut down the casino, which is an essential tribal operation that keeps many of our other vital programs running,” said Stensgar. “Our swift and deliberate actions worked to keep our community safe. The curve has already flattened in our region.”