After approval from the tribal council, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is rolling out its reopening starting Friday at 9 a.m.

The casino had gradually closed down its amenities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in March. The council has kept employees on payroll during the shutdown.

“Over the past several weeks the Tribal Council, along with Caesars management, have been monitoring the situation here in Arizona and across the country, making sure we had the best and most accurate information needed to re-open the casino,” said General Manager Robert Livingston in a news release today. “We look forward to welcoming back our casino guests in the coming days.”

The casino floor has been rearranged to allow social distancing. The Poker Room, Keno and BINGO will not be open. The Events Center, Valet, Spa and Fitness Center will also remain closed at this time.

The slot machine banks are arranged “to allow for proper social distancing and with limited seating at Blackjack tables,” according to the casino’s information. There will be hand-sanitizing stations throughout the casino floor, masks for all employees and increased cleaning service.

The resort and hotel tower guestrooms will also open, beginning Friday evening.

Some of the eateries will be open with social-distancing protocols in place. That includes Chop Block & Brew, Agaves, Copper Cactus and Dunkin Donuts. Still not open are The Buffet, Oak & Fork and Laurel Lounge

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