LINCOLN CITY — On Dec. 1, 2020, the Siletz Tribal Council made the decision to shut down Chinook Winds Casino Resort due to the COVID-19 pandemic and an increased number of cases in Lincoln County. The closure was for the safety of the community, staff and guests.
After six weeks of closure, the tribal council has made the decision to reopen Chinook Winds Casino Resort with increased safety measures in place. Chinook Winds will open to the public at 10 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 15.
“We know this is a challenging time for our community and team members. We took time to ensure a safe reopening. We are ready to welcome all those who feel safe to visit,” General Manager Michael S. Fisher said.
Chinook Winds officials continue to stay informed by local and state health authorities and are implementing necessary protocols as needed for safety throughout the resort. The casino will have modified hours to allow for daily cleaning and disinfecting of the property. The executive management team is regularly reviewing local coronavirus data and trends to provide recommendations to the tribal council as the situation changes.
Below are protocols being implemented in our reopening:
• Non-smoking across the property. A smoking room is open on the second floor of the casino;
• Casino is 21 and over. All other areas of the resort are all ages;
• Modified casino hours: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday;
• Limited 1,000 guest occupancy, with procedures for excess guest populations;
• Facemasks or face shields are required of team members and guests;
• Non-invasive temperature checks utilizing no-contact infrared thermometers for team members and guests;
• Guests and team members who are demonstrating signs of illness will be immediately removed from the building to seek health care;
• Markers will be visible to guests to ensure physical distancing;
• Mobile queuing to avoid lines;
• Increased health and hygiene reminders throughout the property including the proper way to wear, handle and dispose of masks;
• Hand sanitizer dispensers are located at key guest and team member contact areas.
Reopening with limited capacity throughout the property:
• Slots (50 percent of machines available);
• Bingo (300 maximum seating);
• Table games (three seats per table, every other table);
• Sports wagering (based on available sporting events);
• Deli, Rogue River Steakhouse, Siletz Bay Buffet and Chinooks Seafood Grill;
• Lodging will be open with no in-room daily stay-over service and limited hotel lobby occupancy.
• Child care/arcade;
• Entertainment including headliners, night club and Comedy on the Coast;
• Daily buses;
Chinook Winds is fully committed to following recommended health and safety protocols to protect their team members and guests. They will continue to re-evaluate and adjust as needed in the coming weeks and months to slowly open the remaining venues and amenities when it is safe to do so.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort, located at 1777 NW 44th St. on the beach in Lincoln City, is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.