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Muscogee (Creek) Nation extends closure of resort casinos

30 March 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill and River Spirit Casino Resort Chief Executive Officer Pat Crofts announced Thursday the extended temporary closure of all nine Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos, including River Spirit Casino Resort Creek Nation Casino Bristow, Creek Nation Casino Checotah, Creek Nation Casino Duck Creek, Creek Nation Casino Eufaula, Creek Nation Casino Holdenville, Creek Nation Casino Muscogee, Creek Nation Casino Okemah, One Fire Casino, until 15 April.

The temporary closure began 10 days ago on Monday, 16 March. While River Spirit Casino Resort and the other casino properties had no reported cases of COVID-19, the temporary closure is a result of guidelines issued by the National Center for Disease Control to reduce exposure to the virus.

“As always, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation prioritizes the health and well-being of our citizens, our employees and our guests above all else,” said Hill. “We are committed to following the suggestions issued by federal health officials to ensure we are safeguarding the public. Challenging times require tough decisions, but you cannot make progress without making decisions. Extending the temporary closure of our casinos is an example of how the Nation can do its part during this epic crisis.”

Hill and officials confirmed the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casinos and River Spirit Casino Resort will continue to pay its 2,200 employees through 15 April. This equates to a $3.4 million payroll every two weeks.

“As a primary employer in the City of Tulsa and throughout many smaller communities in northeast Oklahoma, we want to continue to support our employees to best of our ability,” said Crofts. “We have already faced great adversity together during the abrupt closure last year due to the historic flooding and its aftermath. We want to do everything we can to ease the anxiety and financial burden while our employees are home with their loved ones at this critical time.”

The temporary closure includes casinos in Beggs, Holdenville, Eufaula, Bristow, Checotah, Okemah, and River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa. The closure includes the travel plaza casinos in Muskogee and Okmulgee, but the convenience stores remain open to serve the public in need of essentials.

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