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Oneida Indian Nation to reopen sportsbooks

16 July 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Oneida Indian Nation is announcing a 22 July reopening of The Lounge with Caesars Sports, its state-of-the-art sports books at Turning Stone Resort Casino, Point Place Casino and Yellow Brick Road Casino.

Sports fans interested in enjoying the start of professional baseball season and the restart of professional basketball at The Lounge with Caesars Sports will be required to follow the same Safer Together protocols as all Oneida Indian Nation venues. Health and safety protocols include prohibiting access for guests traveling from one of the 22 states identified as having increased cases, requiring a valid ID and mandatory face coverings to enter the property. Since face coverings are not feasible within The Lounge with Caesars Sports, physical distancing and 50 percent occupancy limits will also be enforced.

The Oneida Indian Nation’s comprehensive Safer Together Reopening Health & Safety Plan adopts the best practices from gaming and hospitality venues throughout the world, and incorporates input from regional partners, including neighboring municipalities.

Health & safety protocols at Oneida Nation Enterprises include:
  • Aligning with the State of New York and its ongoing efforts to limit community spread of the virus, Oneida Nation Enterprises is restricting access to guests traveling from any of the following 22 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.
  • Mandatory face coverings for employees, guests, vendors and the public—wherever feasible throughout the facilities, including everywhere on the gaming floor.
  • Gloves required for all employees who are working in direct contact with guests, including in all restaurants, at registration desks and on the gaming floors.
  • Daily non-invasive thermal temperature checks of every employee entering the workplace and brief survey questions to identify potential exposure to coronavirus.
  • All restaurants and bars will have at least six feet of separation between tables. Buffets or other self-service food options will remain closed, and there will be no self-service food in any of the Players’ Lounges or banquet rooms.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures include new technology that alerts guests with an on-screen notification of the exact time the slot machine was last sanitized; HVAC air changeover levels will be maintained at significantly greater capacity, and will exceed those required by the standard commercial code; touchless hand sanitizer dispensers placed at every guest entry point and throughout the property.
  • There will be no concerts/shows in the Showroom or Event Center until mass gatherings can be offered without undue risk.

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