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Casinos in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities can reopen next Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus forced the gaming industry to shut down more than two months ago, Gov. Steve Sisolak says. The state plans to revive its gaming industry nearly a week after it starts Phase 2 of its reopening this Friday.

Governor Kevin Stitt and nine Oklahoma gaming tribes filed paperwork last Friday telling a federal judge why he should rule in their favor in the dispute over gaming compacts in the state.

It hinges on one statement, "this compact shall have a term which will expire on January 1, 2020," as well as "the compact shall automatically renew for successive additional fifteen-year terms."

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Governor Bill Anoatubby of the Chickasaw Nation said the tribe's gaming facilities will open at 25 percent of capacity on Wednesday, May 27 at 8 a.m.

Cherokee Nation Businesses has announced their plan to reopen some businesses under their new "responsible hospitality" plan.

The plan includes guidelines for the nation's casinos, golf courses, restaurants and live entertainment. Guests and employees will be required to wear masks and undergo a quote "noninvasive" temperature check. There will be fewer hours and a plan to allow for physical distancing.

The Apache Casino Hotel in Lawton will open its doors Thursday at 10 a.m., with some modifications.

  • Guests and employees must wear masks and get their temperatures taken.
  • Food and drink service will be limited, as well as some games.
  • The casino layout will change to allow for social distancing.
  • The property will be 100 percent smoke free-including vaping.

More guidelines can be found here.

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Starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Osage Casino Hotel in Tulsa will start a limited reopening.

Only the gaming floor will be open, table games will not be available, food won't be served and bar service will be limited. The hotel and pool will remain closed.

Capacity will be limited to 25% and groups will be restricted to 10 or fewer people. The casino is also encouraging visitors to wear a mask and gloves.

Osage Casinos in Bartlesville, Hominy, Pawhuska, Sand Springs and Skiatook will also open. Osage Casino in Ponca City reopened last week.

The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association announced Thursday that they are suspending the membership of the Otoe Missouria Tribe and the Comanche Nation.

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On Tuesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued an opinion saying Governor Kevin Stitt cannot enter into compacts with tribes that authorize gaming activity prohibited by state law.

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Before returning to work on May 11, Osage Nation employees will be tested for COVID-19.

A memorandum from Director of Operations Casey Johnson stated that as a quote "precautionary measure" all employees returning to work will be tested for COVID-19 at the Wah-Zha-Zhi Health Center in Pawhuska.

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Updated at 4:34 p.m.

Four of the largest tribes in Oklahoma — the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and the Muscogee Creek Nations — will keep their casinos closed through May 15, saying they are prioritizing their employees and the public's health over the pressure to reopen.

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