UPDATE: In a statement releases April 29, the Tribal Council announced the BlueWater Resort & Casino will NOT be reopening May 1. The statement cited in this story has been removed from the BlueWater's website.
The BlueWater Resort & Casino has announced a date when they plan to reopen. After closing March 20 due to concerns over the coronavirus, it was announced April 15 on the BlueWater’s website that they plan to reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, May 1.
That date will be one day after the scheduled expiration of the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ “stay at home” resolution passed April 1 by the Tribal Council. The resolution closed access to the Colorado River from the reservation, ordered all non-essential businesses within the boundaries of the reservation to close, established a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew for tribal members and other residents of the reservation, and limited the number of people who could travel outside their homes at a given time.
The BlueWater is a CRIT Tribal Enterprise and sits on reservation land.
In a statement on the website, www.bluewaterfun.com, the BlueWater management said they were committed to maintaining a safe, healthy and sanitized environment.
“Actions were taken by Administration to hire a professional cleaning service to deep clean and sanitize our entire hotel, restaurants, bars, slot machines, gaming tables, Bingo Hall and conference rooms,” the statement said. “An essential team has been created at BlueWater to maintain this valuable service dedicated to increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing on a daily, hourly basis.”
Following the closure of casinos and hotels in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev., the BlueWater temporarily closed March 20. All facilities, including the gaming rooms, meeting rooms, hotel, restaurants, bars, shops and the theater were closed. All special events through April 30 were cancelled.
They had originally planned to reopen April 3. This was later pushed back to April 13.
As for special events after that date, the BlueWater’s statement said they had been put on notice per the Tribal Council not to schedule any events until further notice. They advise patrons to continue to check their entertainment page for updates.
The BlueWater’s statement said any reservations in their system for on or after May 1 will continue to be reserved and confirmed. Reservations are being taken for after May 1. Should this date change, guests will be contacted on an individual basis for refunds or to reschedule.
The entire statement can be found at www.bluewaterfun.com.
The BlueWater’s management said in the statement: “We cannot express our thanks enough during these uncertain times to all who have checked in with us.”