USA – It has been announced today that the Seminole Tribe of Florida, a federally recognised Seminole tribe with six Indian reservations in Florida, has said it has closed all of its casino establishments in Florida in response to the coronavirus crisis that is sweeping the globe at present.
Although gaming and hospitality venues have not yet been forced to close, the tribe has voluntarily decided to close its Seminole and Hard Rock Casinos effectively immediately.
The closure period will apply to Seminole Casino Brighton, Seminole Classic Casino (Hollywood), Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa among others.
The tribe said that the decision was not one that was taken lightly given the serious implications:
“The goal has been to protect their livelihood without jeopardizing public safety. We have now reached a point where we do not feel comfortable taking that risk.”
A statement from the Seminole Tribe of Florida was released in response to the closure:
“The safety and security of its guests and team members are of the highest priority to the Seminole Tribe, which is especially proud of its team’s response during this difficult time. The proactive measures put in place allowed Seminole Gaming to operate within the guidelines established by the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whom the Seminole Tribe wants to recognize and thank for his ongoing cooperation and leadership. The Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming are very grateful to our loyal guests and team members. We look forward to welcoming everyone back soon.”
In addition to its two Seminole Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, the Seminole Tribe owns and operates five other Seminole Casinos; in Coconut Creek and Hollywood on the Southeast coast, in Immokalee near Naples, on the Brighton Reservation north of Lake Okeechobee and on the Big Cypress Reservation south of Lake Okeechobee.