Arizona’s Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort opens its doors with severe restrictions after 15 months of closure.
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort Reopens After More Than a Year
The Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort, the Navajo Nation’s largest gaming property, located in Arizona, has reopened after 15 months of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In January, the resort announced laying off temporarily 1,100 casino employees.
The resort reopens with strict rules and safeguards measures. It has also reduced its operations, and its gaming floor has limited its hours, open only between 9 AM to 10 PM. Players must keep a six-feet social distance on the property and the casino permits only 50% of its capacity.
The Twin Arrows hotel is accepting reservations, but hotel guests need to have their temperature checked daily. Those who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed on the gaming floor. All players, hotel guests and employees need to wear a mask on the property. Guests will also receive a screening and the staff would routinely receive COVID-19 testing. The resort’s bar will also resume operations this week, and the restaurant will follow next week.
Excited players are welcoming the news on social media, as some of them are sharing their eagerness with comments on Facebook, saying they can’t wait to return to the casino and play on the machines. Davilleia Davison said, “We should go here instead of Vegas! Aye!”
Navajo Nation Is Hiring
Last weekend, the casino held a job fair as it prepared to reopen. The Navajo Nation’s Office of the Controller would hire workers and interns for the tribe’s hardship assistance program, holding another three job fairs this week.
A job fair is being held today at the Shiprock Chapter house in New Mexico from 10 AM to 3 PM. The other fairs will be at the Chinle Chapter house in Chinle, AZ, on Wednesday, and the St. Michaels Chapter house in St. Michaels on Thursday, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Navajo’s Flowing Water Casino in Shiprock, N.M., also reopened yesterday with restrictions.
Navajo Nation Vice President Wants the Tribe Thriving Again
In an online statement recently, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer said, “The reopening of the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort highlights our support for Navajo businesses and the Navajo Nation’s reinvestment in the local economy.”
Lizer also stated that reopening ensures that people from the Navajo community have employment to meet their daily needs and the needs of their families. The reopening of the resort would provide income for the entire nation. He said that during the pandemic, the casinos were closed throughout the nation. Now they are cautiously reopening, ensuring the safety and well-being of their community members, guests, and staff.
Some of the operations at the casino resort will remain closed, including the pool, the fitness center, the bingo games, Grand Falls Buffet, Four Worlds Arcade, and the valet operation at the casino.