The Chemehuevi Tribe is closing its casino for the second time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The hotel, resort, beaches and other tribal operations will remain open. The ferry will continue service between the reservation and Lake Havasu City, according to Chemehuevi Tribal Chairman Charles Wood.
The restaurant at the resort is open for take-out only.
The Tribe closed its facilities in March and reopened in June with new social distancing guidelines and sanitation measures.
“Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, covid-19 has reached the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation,” the Tribe said in a written statement on Friday.
Wood said employees in the tribe’s gaming and surveillance departments contracted the virus. The two departments are necessary for the tribe to legally operate the casino, according to Wood.
The closure will last for at least 14 days, according to the statement. During that time, officials will once again “super clean” the facilities before the casino is reopened to the public.