Q&A Regarding Precautionary Closure
Why has the casino/resort closed?
The casino has voluntarily closed due to the sudden increase in positive COVID test in the community. The voluntary closure is temporary to evaluate staffing levels and conduct an additional thorough cleaning of the facility.
What happened that required this decision to be made?
The Stockbridge -Munsee Community and all that we employ routinely partake in mandatory COVID testing. Protocols were put in place to determine a course of action pending positive test results to provide a safer environment to all employees and community members. Our recent mandatory test has identified a number of asymptomatic positive results that made closure of facilities prudent to determine the spread of COVID via contact tracing. After evaluation of the contact tracing, further decisions can be made regarding Tribally operated entities.
Are we safe at North Star Casino?
The voluntary closure is precautionary to ensure customer safety. We have no data showing infections occurring within the Casino. Furthermore, we have implemented a multi-layered approach to providing the safest environment for our guest and employees. This voluntary closure is a part of the safety protocols implemented to ensure a safe environment. The resort will remain closed until we are confident that we can continue providing that safe environment.
Have employees transmitted COVID 19?
There is currently no data suggesting any transmittal within the Casino. At this time, contact tracing is taking place to minimize the spread of COVID. It is undetermined where employees that have tested positive have contracted the virus. All employees have been strenuously practicing the safety protocols put in place for their protection and the protection of our guests. (Attach layered safety sheet)
When will the resort reopen?
We are planning to reopen the casino and resort on Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. A careful evaluation of the spread of COVID 19 within the community and employees was conducted and a decision was made to reopen safely all operations that remained closed since January 14th.