Northern Arapaho Tribe closes casinos because of COVID-19 | Wyoming News

Northern Arapaho Tribe closes casinos because of COVID-19 | Wyoming News

State of the State

Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council Lee Spoonhunter attends the state of the state address Feb. 10 at the Capitol in Cheyenne. The tribe is temporarily closing its casinos because of the coronavirus.

The Northern Arapaho Business Council announced the temporary closure of the tribe’s casinos Friday because of the spread of COVID-19 in Fremont Coutny.

The tribe is also reducing some of its office hours because of the coronavirus.

There will not be any layoffs, furloughs or reductions in pay at this time, the tribe announced in a Facebook post. Some casino employees may transition into new positions temporarily.

The Wind River Hotel & Casino and the tribe’s other gaming facilities are closed as of Monday. They will reopen Dec. 1 if conditions allow it, the announcement read. 

The decisions come at the recommendation of tribal health authorities, the business council said.

“We’ve seen no indication the casino is a source of virus spread in our community, but Tribal health authorities have urged the Business Council to temporarily close these facilities due to surging case numbers in Fremont County,” Chairman Lee Spoonhunter said in a statement. “This is a critical moment for the Arapaho people and all residents of the Wind River Reservation. If we don’t take responsible actions now – and if individuals don’t follow the guidelines and protect themselves and their loved ones – we risk losing to this virus even more of our sacred Elders, family members, friends and neighbors in the months ahead.”

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