Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Spokane saw punters walk through its doors for the first time since March 16.
US.- Many employees have returned to work at a tribal casino in Washington State, which opened for the first time since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the US.
The Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Spokane has seen punters walk through its doors for the first time since March 16.
Only half of the casino’s slot machines are operational as part of social distancing measures.
Businesses including non-tribal casinos across Washington state remain closed under Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide stay-home order.
But Northern Quest is allowed to open its doors because it’s on sovereign land run by the Kalispel Tribe and does not have to adhere to state law.
A statement on Northern Quest’s website said: “Northern Quest and all its businesses will be following CDC guidelines when it comes to social distancing, cleaning and sanitisation.
“All Team Members who work in direct guest-service areas will be wearing masks as part of their uniforms to protect themselves, their fellow team members and our guests.
“Guests are strongly encouraged to bring their own masks and to wear them as much as possible while on our property.”
Regarding potential backlash to reopening, the tribe added: “as one of the largest employers in Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties, we have hundreds of team members who want to get back to work and make a living to help support their families.”