After being closed for two months, casinos across Washington state are starting to reopen their doors to guests. Tribal casinos are allowed to reopen on their own timelines, independent of Gov. Inslee’s ‘Safe Start’ plan, since local tribes are sovereign nations and therefore not subject to the governor’s orders.
“The casino operations, as you know, are not something in my jurisdiction,” Gov. Inslee said in a press conference last week when asked about the recent reopening of Angel of the Winds Casino. “The tribes have independent decision making about that, and that is not something that I control.”
Inslee said he has expressed to the tribes that he wished their openings would be more consistent with other business openings and operations in Washington state. That said, he hopes the openings are successful and safe.
“I have been hearing from them that they are going to be very diligent in their hygiene efforts,” Inslee said. “And I hope that they’re very, very successful because we want to keep people healthy.”
All of the casinos that are open now or reopening soon have implemented at least a few new health and safety protocols to protect employees and customers from COVID-19. Check the website of your favorite casino to know what’s required before you visit.
Emerald Queen Casino in Fife opened Monday, May 18, and is planning to open its brand-new EQC I-5 Tacoma location in June. EQC is currently limiting the number of people who can visit to no more than 30 percent of capacity. Similar to

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