This morning, Snoqualmie Casino reopened to the general public after a prolonged closure in response to Washington’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. During these past few months, the casino focused on enhancing safety protocols to ensure safety for guests and team members, according to a press release.

“The health and wellness of our guests, team members, and community takes precedence over anything else,” Snoqualmie Tribe Chairman, Robert de los Angeles, said in a statement. “As an entertainment venue that welcomes guests from all over the region, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to not only adhere to health guidelines and recommendations, but to exceed them.”

King County is currently in Phase 1.5, which allows for a partial reopening of businesses and restaurants. Stanford Le, Snoqualmie Casino interim CEO and president, gestured to the casino’s reopening plan in the context of this phase, which includes keeping on-floor capacity at 12.5 percent per hour, placing plexi-glass shields at each station where guests and team members interact, requiring masks for everyone — and providing masks to those who do not have them, scanning everyone’s temperatures before they enter the property, distancing guests at slot machines, and more.

“Careful consideration and planning went into our opening strategy to ensure that we could provide the safest environment possible,” Le said. “We’ve been looking forward to welcoming our guests back and know that our decision to wait until it was safe to do so was the right one.”

Tulalip Resort Casino also recently reopened to the public. Since Tuesday, May 26, its doors have been open, and it has implemented daily deep cleaning procedures, hand sanitizing stations, social distancing, and limiting its number of guests.