USA – An Indian casino on the Barona Indian Reservation; Barona Resort and Casino, has today announced that it will be closing in two days as a temporary measure against the rapidly evolving developments of coronavirus.
The venue, which has a 400 room hotel and a casino gaming space of 300k square foot, will be closed from Friday 20th March 2020.
It is not yet clear when the establishment will re-open for business.
Edwin ‘Thorpe’ Romero, Tribal Chairman commented on the announcement:
“As a Tribal Government and employer of over 3,000 staff members, we have made the decision to temporarily close Barona for the health and well-being of our staff, players, tribal members and community.”
“Barona is our home and our staff members and players are our family. These are unprecedented times and as one united family we will navigate through this pandemic together.”
Barona Resort and Casino is owned and operated by the Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians; a federally recognized tribe of Kumeyaay Indians.
The firm, whereby the legal gambling age is 18 instead of 21, has stated that during the closure period ‘staff members will continue to receive their salary and benefits’ and that executives at the company ‘will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation based on guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, and the California Department of Public Health’.