Californian Barona Casino situated in San Diego, USA, had announced that it is planning to reopen its doors for business on Wednesday following the prolonged period of downtime due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Executives and managers at the casino property have been working on a plan for a phased re-opening after its doors were closed during the middle of March.
Barona Resort & Casino was shuttered as a preventative measure against the global virus in order to protect its customers, staff, tribal members and the surrounding community.
The casino venue is owned and operated by the Barona Group of Capitan Grande Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognised tribe of Kumeyaay Indians.
According to the casino, the property has always prided itself on providing the highest possible standards for cleanliness and has a reputation for being clean at all times. Furthermore, the first priority has always been the health and wellbeing of the surrounding community, including customers along with staff and the tribal elders.
Edwin Romero, Chairman of Barona Band of Mission Indians said:
“We consider ourselves one big family and our goal is to ensure the wellbeing of our friends and family as we slowly begin to welcome players back to Barona. We want them to have fun but most importantly we want them to feel safe and protected.”
In addition, the casino is introducing a series of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 within its resort, including: capped customer numbers, social / physical distancing, continuous sanitisation protocols, mandatory masks for customers and employees and temperature checks provided by infrared technology upon entering the casino.
The news of a phased re-opening comes just hours after the latest Covid-19 figures were updated, which showed that there have been a total of 6,026 confirmed cases of the virus in San Diego and 90,631 confirmed cases in California overall.
During the early days of closure, Barona Casino were already prepping for recovery with the establishment of a task force – named Barona Cares Task Force, which was created to plan the closure of the venue and work on the phased re-opening protocols that the casino is not putting in place.
General Manager at the casino Rick Salinas commented on the announcement:
“Over the years, Barona has received many accolades throughout the gaming industry and most importantly from our players as being the cleanest and safest casino. We have spent the past two months developing a thoughtful plan which enhances our already robust standards and addresses the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with all of the applicable guidelines.”
According to reports, the first phase of the re-opening strategy will involve the casino floor and the resort’s restaurants, which will operate at half capacity and with reduced services, such as no self-service drinks and no game side dining on table games.