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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2020
Agua Caliente Tribe extends casino closures
Health and safety of all continues to be top priority
AGUA CALIENTE INDIAN RESERVATION - As one of the largest employers in Coachella Valley, we are doing our part to slow the spread of COVID 19 with the closure of our casinos in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. The health and safety of our team members, guests, and community continues to be one of our top priorities.
While we are eager to reopen, we have decided to extend our closure through April 12, 2020. We thank our team members, guests, and the greater Coachella Valley for their patience during this time. Starting on April 1, our team members will be paid by using their earned vacation hours. This will allow our casino employees to remain active team members and continue to receive health benefits through April 30, 2020.
Extended closures include:
The Tribe continues to monitor updates about the COVID 19 global pandemic at the federal, state, county, and city levels. Last week, during the regularly scheduled Tribal Council Meeting of Tuesday March 17, 2020, and pursuant to Tribal law, Agua Caliente Tribal leaders declared a Reservation-wide State of Emergency consistent with similar declarations by the state of California and the federal government.
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"Stay healthy and safe during this challenging time," Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said. "We remain hopeful and are eager for the day we can reopen. Since time immemorial, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has been resilient in overcoming major challenges and obstacles. We will get through this together, Coachella Valley."
About the Tribe: The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Palm Springs, California, with 31,500 acres of reservation lands that spread across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and into the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains. The Tribe currently owns and operates two 18-hole championship golf courses and the Agua Caliente Casinos in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. For more information about the Tribe, visit www.aguacaliente-nsn.gov.