After remaining closed for over two months, more casinos in Arizona are expected to reopen within the next two weeks.
Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ, plans to reopen on June 3 at 8 a.m. Desert Diamond Casinos announced its Tucson, Sahuarita, West Valley, and Why properties will reopen on June 5 at 1 p.m.
Long-time patrons should expect new operating procedures at their favorite resorts and casinos. Guests will be asked to take protective measures to ensure a safe gaming experience for everyone. Each property has implemented changes to its casino floor to provide adequate space for social distancing.
Get the full details on each casino’s new health and safety protocols below.
Casino Del Sol’s Reopening Plan
Kimberly Van Amburg, the CEO of Casino Del Sol, noted in a recent interview the company normally uses Easter break as an opportunity to close their casino and make improvements to its facilities. The extended shutdown has provided the management team with enough time to restructure the casino floor and implement new operating procedures.
According to the casino’s reopening plan, all guests are required to wear personal protective equipment. The spa and pools on-site will remain closed until further notice. Valet parking has temporarily been suspended. The video arcade at Estrella, the property’s 151-room hotel, is also closed for the foreseeable future.
Casino Del Sol patrons should expect to see plexiglass barriers added to areas where face-to-face interactions with staff normally occur, including the hotel’s front desk, the casino’s cages, and the poker room.
Poker players may need to rethink their cash game strategy, as the casino’s post-pandemic protocols limit tables to a maximum of four people. To combat the spread of germs, decks will be changed out every two hours so the cards can be cleaned.
Desert Diamond Casinos’ Reopening Plan
The Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise (TOGE), which operates Desert Diamond Casinos, shared new operational procedures for its gaming properties. Rudy Prieto, the CEO of TOGE, referred to the company’s additional safety policies as “extraordinary” and hopes to welcome guests back to a safer entertainment experience.
Patrons visiting any of the four Diamond Desert Casinos properties will be required to wear face masks and have their temperature checked. Each casino has a phased reopening plan that limits the amenities provided initially. Hours of operation for each facility inside the casinos have been adjusted to provide adequate time for deep cleaning. The official website of Desert Diamond Casinos states more details about safety procedures will be shared soon.
In the meantime, stay safe and sanitized.