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Seneca Nation shuts down casinos in response to COVID-19

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 14:28:20-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In response to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Seneca Nation of Indians has announced it is shutting down all of its casinos.

The announcements includes three casinos in Western New York: Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, and Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino.

“The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented public safety situation that requires an unprecedented response,” said Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. “Given the number of people who visit and work at our facilities, I believe it is in the best interest to suspend our gaming operations until further notice. We are keeping the health and safety of our workers, our guests and our communities above all else.”

Earlier Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced all casinos in New York State would close at 8 p.m.

In addition to the temporary suspension of its gaming operations, President Armstrong announced various temporary closures of on-territory facilities and changes to identified services, effective immediately. Essential services, such as the elders’ meal program, health services and emergency services will continue, but may be adjusted to reduce unnecessary contact.