Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby today stated that the Chickasaw Nation plans to begin implementing a phased reopening of casinos, other businesses and offices soon.
Preparations for reopening are underway, including alterations to facilities and employee testing as well as training employees to follow new safety protocols and procedures. Businesses and offices will reopen once preparations are complete.
All Chickasaw Nation casinos will open gaming floors at 25 percent of capacity.
“As we begin implementing our reopening plan, the health and safety of our employees, patrons and community members remain our highest priorities,” said Governor Anoatubby. “Our leadership team has worked diligently to develop a plan that conforms with best practices advised by health professionals to help prevent any resurgence of the virus.”
“We recently began employee testing in preparation for reopening businesses and offices," said Gov. Anoatubby. "In addition to extensive employee testing and screening, we will implement responsible distancing policies, enhanced cleaning protocols and other measures to protect the health and safety of our employees and clients.”
The plan, designed to mitigate the risk of resurgence, is based on the most recent scientific modeling.
“Our leadership team will continue closely monitoring the data and projections as we evaluate and refine our policy, guidelines and procedures,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “We believe it is important to reopen our operations in a manner that protects public health, instills confidence and preserves the opportunity for successful economic development.”
In addition to limiting casino gaming floors to 25 percent of capacity, signage and other updates in operations will serve to facilitate responsible distancing.
Security personnel will check the temperature of all patrons entering each facility. Those with a confirmed temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to return home and seek appropriate medical care.
Guests and employees will also be required to wear protective face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times.
Gaming facilities will be closed from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for cleaning and disinfecting.
Chickasaw Nation hotels, the WinStar RV Park, and the WinStar Golf Course will be open to guests with enhanced cleaning protocols and responsible distancing measures. Restaurants and bars will reduce seating capacity to maintain six feet of distance between each seated group of guests.
Table games, off-track betting, poker, bingo, entertainment options, convention center and pools will remain closed during phase one of the reopening.
Chickasaw Travel Stops (CTS) locations will continue to remain open as a public service.