More Chumash Casino Resort employees test positive for COVID-19

There are 13 cases among staff members to date
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Posted at 5:06 PM, Jul 20, 2020

At least 13 employees at the Chumash Casino Resort have now tested positive for COVID-19.

Information sent out to guests last week shows eight of the cases remain active and five have recovered.

The casino says it has worked closely with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department since reopening last month.

"We feel it's important to communicate regularly with our guests as we operate during a global pandemic. Last week's email detailed the impacts of COVID on our workforce. We are in daily contact with Team Members who have been affected by this virus, and we continue to hold them and their families in our thoughts and prayers. We are extremely proud of our Team Members' adherence to our Safe + Well standards. They are doing an excellent job of consistently wearing their personal protective equipment properly on the gaming floor and maintaining a safe environment for our Team Members and guests." Said Kenneth Kahn, tribal chairman for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.

Recent changes at the casino and resort include only outdoor patio dining being offered with reservations at The Willows restaurant. The food court is only offering to-go orders and the Center bar no longer offers walk-up service.

The casino say drink service remains available to guests using slot machines or taking part in table games.

Prior to reopening, the casino installed more than 1,000 protective barriers.

All guests and employees have no-touch temperature checks upon entry and are also be required to wear masks.

Guests can remove masks when at a slot machine or table game, and sanitizer will be made available.