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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: All Oklahoma tribal casinos have suspended operations

Randy Ellis
Gannett Oklahoma

All Oklahoma Indian casinos are now temporarily closed as each tribe seeks to do its part to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association announced Monday.

Each tribe is an independent, sovereign nation, so each tribe made its own, independent decision on whether to suspend operations. Some suspended operations earlier than others, but all are now temporarily closed, the OIGA confirmed.

“Nothing is of greater importance to the tribes than the health and well-being of the citizens of their nations and the citizens of Oklahoma," said OIGA Chairman Matthew L. Morgan. "We always want to be good neighbors, and to lead by positive example. In making the decision to temporarily suspend our gaming operations, we are hopeful that we will have a positive impact on the health of Oklahomans.”

Since each tribe is independent, each will be able to make its own decision on when to reopen and whether to compensate employees while operations are suspended. Some have announced their employees will continue to get paid.

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association has assembled the COVID-19 response plans and protocols for each of the tribes and made them available on its website at https://oiga.org/news/covid-19/.

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