Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne announced it will reopen at 10 a.m. on June 1 after being closed for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians, which owns and operates the resort, are making a number of temporary changes to protect the health and safety of guests and staff, including new hours, reduced occupancy levels and temperature screenings at the door.
“Our goal is to provide the safest possible environment for your comfort and enjoyment,” said Leif Kruger, general manager of the resort, in a message on the resort’s website.
To allow for a thorough cleaning every night, the new hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Temperature screenings will be performed on guests upon entry, and guests will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask. There will also be hand sanitizing stations throughout the resort and frequent cleaning of surfaces and machines.
Slot machines will be more spaced apart to allow for appropriate physical distancing, while table games will be limited to three players per table. All table games will also be contactless and face-up, with only the dealer touching the cards and chips.
All staff at the resort will be required to complete COVID-19 safety training, have their temperature screened at the start of their shift, wear personal protective equipment, and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.
The Hotel at Black Oak Casino Resort will only accept reservations that include a hotel offer received via a newsletter mailing and won’t accept group or event bookings until further notice.
Seven Sisters restaurant and the Family Fun Floor with bowling alley, arcade and The Mill Sports Bar and Grill will remain closed for now, the tribe stated.
Other services that will remain closed include the poker room, Manzanita Bar, Willow Creek Bar and Lounge, the River Bar, gaming promotions, valet, catering and group sales, the bus program, and the gift basket.
Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown also temporarily closed on March 16 and has yet to announce a reopening date, though it has started offering drive-in movies at a temporary theater in the lower parking lot of the property.
Both casinos were among the largest businesses in the county to shut down as a result of the pandemic, with each employing hundreds of people.
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