Valley casinos temporarily close due to coronavirus outbreak

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Several Valley casinos have closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A spokesperson with Gila River Gaming Enterprises says three of its hotels and casinos closed at 4:00 a.m. on March 18 and will remain shut down for two weeks. There are no reported cases of COVID-19 at of the casinos and hotels.

"This was an ethical decision to protect our team members and our guests," said Gila River Hotels & Casino CEO Kenneth Manuel, in the statement.

The company operates three hotels and casinos in the Valley: Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva. Company officials say workers will continue to be paid and receive benefits during the closure.

Fort McDowell Casino and Wekopa Resort and Conference Center also temporarily closed on March 18. The closure is expected to last through April 2.

What it means for visitors

Officials say guests currently staying at any of the Gila River Hotels and Casinos will be contacted for relocated desires or refunds. Those who have future hotel reservations with Wild Horse Pass or Vee Quiva can call 1-800-WINGILA for details on rescheduling or refunds.

Additional resources

In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Stay home when you are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

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