The Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel will be delaying its opening date for thirty more days due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The extension of the shutdown was decided on by the Governors of the Pueblo Santa Ana and Tamaya Enterprises Inc.
“Our tribal leaders are keenly aware of the closing of the Star Casino creates a significant hardship for both our community members and employees due to the coronavirus. The decision to reopen will require us to see a more consistent and stable public health environment,” Melanie Martinez, interim chairperson for Tamaya Enterprises Inc., said.
“We have spent decades building public trust and establishing ourselves as the leader in the state’s gaming industry and we wish to maintain our position,” she added.
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel first of the tribal casinos to shut down due to the pandemic. The casino and hotel closed its doors on March 15 and was originally intended to remain closed for 30 days. But the casino and hotel has remained closed because the pandemic continued to worsen.
“We are committed to opening when we feel confident that the trends are headed in the right direction. We have created a comprehensive prevention plan and have made significant changes to our operation to function as safely as possible under these circumstances,” John Cirrincione, chief executive officer of Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel, said.
“Although we are prepared internally, our decision to open will be based on local and regional science-based health data combined with the highest level of preparedness,” he added.