FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: March 20, 2020
Contact: Briannon Fraley, (707) 487-9255 x 1125
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Smith River, CA –
Today, the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Council temporarily closed the Lucky 7 Casino to the general public. The temporary closure aims to protect to the health and wellbeing of patrons and staff at the Lucky 7 Casino, House of Howonquet and the Club 7 Sports Bar during the global COVID-19 crisis. The Howonquet Lodge and Fuel Mart will remain open at this time as they are deemed essential services.
While there have been no confirmed coronavirus cases anywhere near any of the Nation’s enterprises, the Tribal Council is taking every precaution in terms of preventing the transmission of the disease. The Nation is coordinating with the Governor’s Office, the Del Norte County Office of Emergency Services as well as the state and federal agencies engaged in mitigating the transmission of the disease and will continue to do so throughout the duration of the crisis.
“We are going to great lengths to protect the health and wellbeing of our patrons, personnel and the greater community,” said John Scott, the Lucky 7 Casino’s General Manager.
The Lucky 7 Casino will implement a two week temporary closure of the gaming operations, restaurant and bar. This closure went into effect at 10 AM this morning, and will consider re-opening Saturday, April 4th at 8AM.
“We will continue to monitor the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust our operational needs as the crisis progresses,” said Denise Richards-Padgette Chairperson of the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation.
The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is a sovereign, federally recognized, self-governing Indian Nation governed by the Tribal Council, which is comprised of seven (7) elected members. The Mission of the Nation is, [t]o exert and protect the inherent sovereignty endowed upon the Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation to promote our tribal identity, and the wellbeing of our people, community, and environment by building a strong foundation, managing resources, and perpetuating our cultural lifeways and legacy.
The Nation’s businesses employ 290 local residents and contribute much to the regional economy. Nearly half of the employees are involved in work that directly supports the community, such as providing social services and running the drinking water system in the Smith River area. These services benefit many Tribal and non-Tribal families in Del Norte and Curry Counties.