San Diego tribal leaders have announced the closures of the county's casinos due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Tribal government leaders of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Jamul Indian Village, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, and Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians all announced that they were closing their casinos temporarily amid the COVID-19.crisis.
"The Tribes are united in this decision to close for the health and well-being of the community, their guests and approximately 9,000 employees. Despite this closure, it is their hope that they can continue to provide emergency services for their respective communities," officials said.
Here is the news release issued by the Sycuan Casino and Resort:
This closure will become effective on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 12PM, through at least the end of March. The Sycuan Market will remain open.
During this temporary closure, all Sycuan Team Members will continue to be paid with no impact to available Paid Time Off (PTO) balances and no disruption to medical and dental coverage through at least March 31, 2020.
Guests will receive full refunds for any hotel reservations booked during this time period. Guests can expect a cancellation email by end of day, March 18. Any funds collected for room reservations will be reversed and should be returned to guests within the next 7-10 business days. All third party booking sites have been notified of the closure period and reservations will be cancelled accordingly.