Almost six months after it was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the BlueWater Resort & Casino will be reopening on a limited basis this week.

After being closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, The BlueWater Resort & Casino is reopening on a limited basis this week. The official reopening day was Monday, Sept. 14. Their hours of operation on Sept. 14 will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. After that, they will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The BlueWater is an enterprise of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

In a statement on their Facebook page dated Sept. 13, the BlueWater management said they will be reopening in phases. While some gaming machines will be open, table games and bingo will not be open in the first phase of the reopening. Most of the restaurants and bars will also be closed. The River Walk Deli, Starbucks and the Atrium Bar will be open.

The hotel will remain closed, as will the gift shop and the marina shop. Conference and catering services will not be available. Access to the marina, the beach and dry camping will not be available until further notice.

Face masks will be required, as the CRIT Tribal Council has mandated face masks be worn in public places on Tribal land. In their statement, BlueWater management said some face masks could be deemed unacceptable. In that case, they will provide a complimentary mask.

The BlueWater will be accessible through the main entrance only. All people who enter the building will have their temperature taken as they come in.

Indoor and outdoor events will not be held until further notice.

The statement on the Facebook page contained the following information about the BlueWater’s reopening:

What to know?

• We will re-open in phases with limited capacity, select gaming machines, Table Games and Bingo will be closed in our initial re-opening.

• Casino guests may park in the West Parking Lot. Handicap parking available. Valet and shuttle service will not be available until further notice.

• There will be one entrance and one exit through the casino’s Main Entrance. Bingo and Conference entrance will remain restricted. The entrance que line will begin on the West end of the valet porte-cochere.

• The Casino will welcome guest 21 years or older without any exceptions.

• Face coverings will be required for entry into the building following are acceptable face coverings: LKN95/N95, surgical and other cloth face coverings that meet standardized protocols. No face coverings with ventilators, no bandanas, no neck gaiters allowed. Should you not have a face covering, we will be happy to provide a complimentary face covering.

• All guests will be greeted by security personnel and screened with thermal scanners at the casino entrance. Guests displaying any known COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4°F will be refused entry for the safety of guests and team members.

• Select food & beverage items will be available at the RiverWalk Deli, Starbucks and Atrium Bar only.

• Walk-up Full service available at the Atrium Bar. No bar to slot service available.

• BlueWater Grille, River Willow and River’s Edge Cantina will remain closed in our initial re-opening.

• Smoking allowed in designated areas only.

• Hotel stays, Marina and Beach access, and dry camping are not available until further notice.

• The Gift Shop, Marina Shop, Conference or Catering services are not available until further notice.

• No outdoor or indoor events until further notice.


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The Coronavirus hasn't changed from day one. It's still the same and hasn't changed, still spreading and deadly. People think it's over because Donald Trump say's it's okay to come out. About every word that comes out of his mouth is a lie, why would you want to believe him now? wait till some casino workers get infected and they'll shut down again. Start all over again.

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