UltraStar Multi-tainment Center
The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center has been closed since late March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will reopen Friday. Photo by Bob McGovern

After weeks in the dark, some attractions at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle will reopen their doors on Friday.

At 11 a.m., the 347 Grill restaurant and Ten Pins Down bowling alley will open for business, as will the Play ‘N Win Game Center arcade and Urban Arena Laser Tag, management said. The movie theater is not reopening at this time.

The center has updated and enhanced its protocols and procedures to safeguard the health and safety of both guests and employees, according to the announcement of the reopening.

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“We continue to monitor and review guidance that comes from state and federal government and public health agencies, and we will adjust our plans as necessary to adhere to changing guidelines,” it said.

UltraStar said it has made the following employee changes:

  • Employees will be checked before symptoms before their shifts.
  • Employees will follow a new “20-20 Rule,” requiring them to wash their hands at least every 20 minutes for 20 seconds.
  • Where appropriate, employees coming into contact with food will wear gloves and masks.

In addition, all employees have been re-certified to new safety, sanitation and social distancing standards.

The 347 Grill and bowling alley are regularly and rigorously sanitized, according to management. And the restaurant has changed its floor plan to provide appropriate social distancing and will adopt use of one-time menus. Sanitizer dispensers have been installed in all open areas of the Multi-tainment Center.

The Movies Under The Stars program in the Amphitheater is scheduled to return May 25.

After approval from the tribal council, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino announced earlier this week that it would roll out its reopening at 9 a.m. Friday.

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

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 casino eateries, including includes Chop Block & Brew, Agaves, Copper Cactus and Dunkin Donuts, will welcome diners – with social-distancing protocols in place. The Buffet, Oak & Fork and Laurel Lounge are not yet scheduled to reopen.

Raquel Hendrickson contributed to this story.

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