ROSEBURG, Ore. — With Governor Brown issuing orders for restaurants and bars to go take-out or delivery only and restricting crowd sizes to 25, casinos in the state have been left to their own devices — being owned and operated by sovereign nations.
As a result, each tribal casino in southern Oregon has made its own decisions for coronavirus response this week.
On Tuesday, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians announced that Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville will shut down at noon. The tribe's board of directors met and declared state of emergency in response to COVID-19.
“This pandemic is a national public health crisis that requires all of us to unify across all levels of government to protect the health and well being of our Tribes and communities,” said Dan Courtney, Cow Creek Tribal Chairman. “While we are a sovereign entity governed by our own laws, we are committed to this community and doing our part to help contain this virus so that we don’t experience the same loss we are witnessing in other parts of the world.”
The restaurants on Tribal property were closed on Tuesday morning, and the casino resort will be closed by noon for at least two weeks.
The Tribe said that it would provide emergency paid leave and benefits for casino resort employees during the closure, and would continue to monitor the situation both nationally and locally.
The Kla-Mo-Ya Casino near Chiloquin opted to close down on Tuesday morning. It said that the Peak 2 Peak restaurant would stay open for take-out food orders only, and the Sleep Inn Hotel would stay open as usual with changes to its breakfast food service.
As of Tuesday morning, the Rain Rock Casino in Yreka, California said that it would stay open, "following a very strict protocol to ensure the safety and health" of guests and employees. That included shutting down every other machine on the casino floor to accommodate social distancing.
The Lucky 7 Casino in Smith River, California said that it would also remain open with additional cleaning staff and other measures.
Three Rivers Casino locations in Florence and Coos Bay had not issued any comment on any changes to their hours or service by Tuesday morning.