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Aseneskak Casino to temporarily close for at least two weeks

17 March 2020

Aseneskak Casino announced that it will be closing as of midnight on 17 March. The closure will be reevaluated in two weeks. Below is the update on the casino's website.

"Based on recommendations from government and public health officials on the COVID-19 pandemic, Aseneskak Casino Board of Directors has made the decision to temporarily suspend all casino operations for the next two weeks, at which time we will re-assess the situation.

These temporary closures are effective as of 12:00 midnight, March 17, 2020.

‘This decision is in the best interest of our employees, patrons and community members’ health and safety, and the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19,’ says Aseneskak Chair, Chief Elwood Zastre. He adds, ‘The health and safety of our employees, patrons, and vendors and community members is our top priority.’

Aseneskak Casino temporary closures are in alignment with MLLC Casinos in Winnipeg, and other Canadian jurisdictions, along with the additional recommendations to limit gatherings to no more than people 50 in public places.

‘Aseneskak Casino’s staff and managers have been exercising and enhancing cleaning procedures as a precautionary effort to minimize the risks, however, a complete closure of the casino is required. “We regret the impact this decision will have on our employees, patrons, vendors and communities. Aseneskak Casino management values our employees, and is working to minimize any financial hardship created for our employees while casino operations are suspended. This will enable our employees so they can focus on their health and well-being during this difficult time,’ says Suzanne Barbeau-Bracegirdle, CEO.

As part of our continuity plan, some employees will stay on in essential positions to manage Casino and vendors to protect the corporation’s assets.

We want to assure the public that we are doing everything we can to effectively manage COVID-19 pandemic as it evolves. We ask for understanding from our guests and partners as we continue to deal with this unprecedented event."

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