Niagara Falls, NY (WBEN) The Seneca Nation says it's directed Seneca Gaming management to finalize reopening plans for its casinos and gaming facilities.
The Nation will start a phased, multi-week reopening process in early June. Details on specific property opening dates and safety protocols will be announced by the respective gaming companies in the coming days, following final approval by the Seneca Nation.
“Over the past two months, we have taken extraordinary steps to protect the health and safety of our territories, our people, our workers and our guests,” said Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. “The Seneca Nation’s gaming operations are an important economic driver for the Seneca people, Western New York and the statewide economy. We are committed to a measured and responsible process that balances our economic sovereignty and our commitment to ensure a safe, healthy and enjoyable environment for all workers and visitors at our properties.”
Seneca Niagara, Seneca Buffalo Creek, and Seneca Allegany Casinos as well as the Seneca Gaming and Entertainment facilities in Irving, Salamanca, and Cuba have been shut down since March 16th as part of the widespread COVID-19 response measures across all Seneca territories.
The Nation and its gaming enterprises will implement comprehensive safety protocols informed by public health guidance and industry best practices that will exceed those of many other facilities and businesses. This will include, but will not be limited to, temperature screening for all workers and guests upon arrival, personal protective equipment standards for all workers, the required use of masks by workers and patrons, controlled social distancing, and enhanced sanitation procedures at all properties. It is anticipated that the gaming facilities will initially reopen at reduced capacity.
“Reopening the properties in phases will allow us to keep a close eye on how each individual facility responds and to make any necessary adjustments as we ramp up to full operations,” President Armstrong said. “We’re eager to open our doors, but safety will remain our guiding principle through these all-important first steps.”
“Suspending business activity on our territories was a difficult, but necessary decision,” President Armstrong said. “We are excited to welcome our employees back and to provide world-class service to our guests again.”