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Update 3/30/20

We dearly miss seeing all of our guests and Team Members!

During these unprecedented times, we all continue to watch and wait in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our family, friends and community. We watch the news for the latest numbers and wait it out from the safety of our own homes. It’s a helpless feeling, for sure.

Over the weekend, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announced that his statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order may be extended beyond April 8. In addition, President Trump announced new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that extend the social distancing guidelines around the nation through April 30.

Ultimately, Tribal Council will make the decision on when Tribal businesses will reopen their doors to the public again. Much depends on whether residents of Washington State will be allowed to visit non-essential businesses even if we open our doors.

We wish we had better news to report, but like everyone else around the country, we know our place for the moment. Just like you, we’re staying home, staying safe and hoping for brighter, more entertaining days very soon!

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Casino Closure

Updated 3/16/20

Due to the increasingly alarming growth of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Kalispel Casino and the Wellness Center will be closed to the public for at least two weeks out of an abundance of caution, effective today, March 16, 2020. While the recreation facilities will be closed, the health clinic, tribal day care and Kalispel Market will remain open to serve our community.

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians cares deeply about its guests, employees and our community. As conditions are rapidly changing in these uncertain times, we believe it’s incumbent upon all of us to take responsibility for social distancing to protect the health and safety of our community.

We understand the anxiety everyone in our community is facing around the spread of COVID-19. If you have concerns about exposure or symptoms, regardless of where you believe you might have been exposed, please contact the Spokane Regional Health District. More information is available on their website at https://srhd.org/news/2020/learn-more-about-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19.

We also understand the massive impact this closure will have on our employees and their families. The Kalispel Tribe has generously offered to pay all Team Members for the two weeks that we are closed. While our hope was to remain open for business to continue serving our guests and allowing our employees to earn a living, our circumstances have now changed. We believe a temporary closure is the right thing to do. We all owe it to our community to protect the healthcare system and its resources as we navigate this complex and rapidly changing situation.

Our Tribal leadership team is meeting around the clock and will continue to communicate additional information to you as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, we highly encourage everyone to follow the CDC’s social distancing policies and practice self-isolation as much as possible as we weather this global storm.

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Published 3/13/20

Dear Valued Guest,

Along with the rest of the world, our attention has recently been focused on the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While we have no confirmed cases at this time in Pend Oreille County, we want to assure you that our guest and employee safety is of the utmost importance to us.

The Kalispel Casino leadership team has been meeting daily to review the rapidly changing information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, Indian Health Service and our local health district. We continue to follow all CDC guidelines and have instructed employees to be extra vigilant with cleaning and handwashing, in addition to providing the world-class Kalispel Hospitality you’ve come to expect.

We work very hard every day to keep our facilities extremely clean. At this time, we are also hyper-focused on several initiatives:

  • Kalispel Casino continues to encourage all employees and guests to wash their hands frequently with soap and water and also to stay home if they have symptoms of this contagious illness – including fever of more than 100.4, coughing or shortness of breath
  • Our dedicated housekeeping team is wiping down surfaces in high-traffic areas even more frequently than usual. In addition, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are available in public areas across the property
  • Guests may bring their own sanitizer, gloves and/or masks if it makes them feel more comfortable
  • Currently, the CDC is recommending frequent hand washing with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds as the most effective way to prevent the spread of illness

During this time of increased awareness surrounding COVID-19 and all contagious illnesses, we appreciate your continued support and loyalty to Kalispel Casino, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and the health of our community. We promise to continue sharing updates as they become available. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please send them to info@kalispelcasino.com.

Sincerely,


Alia Russell

Casino Operations Manager

Kalispel Casino