SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — While California’s regional stay-at-home order restricts many businesses amid a surge in coronavirus cases that has overwhelmed hospitals, some casinos will continue to bring in customers through New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The state’s order, which went into effect on Dec. 3, prohibits on-site dining, closes indoor gyms, and limits retail store capacity to 20%, among other restrictions. Though some casinos will go on with festivities, according to the Associated Press.
Locally, Viejas Casino & Resort has advertised a $50,000 Bingo event on Thursday. Harrah’s Resort Southern California advertised special menu items featured at its restaurants for NYE.
In October, Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula said that it was closing to the public on New Year’s Eve and canceled or postponed concerts for the first three months of 2021. Jared Munoa, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation, called the decision to close amid rising coronavirus cases “a very prudent measure.”
Tribal casinos have kept in place many of the restrictions introduced in the springs, such as increased cleaning, temperature checks at the door, required face coverings, and more space between gaming machines.
Tribal casinos operate under federal law on federally protected land, so they’re not required to immediately abide by California’s public health orders. It’s unclear how the casinos have impacted coronavirus cases, since San Diego County does not report locations of identified community outbreaks.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.