(MARICOPA, Ariz. – Mar. 18, 2020) – With the full support of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino has announced that it will temporarily close its resort and casino effective March 19 at 4 a.m. through April 2, 2020. Although Caesars Entertainment announced closures of its casinos earlier in the week, as a managed property, the ultimate decision to close Harrah’s Ak-Chin was made by the Tribal Council.
“The Ak-Chin Indian Community and the management team of Harrah’s Ak-Chin have decided to temporarily close the casino and hotel to mitigate the potential for COVID-19 at our property,” said Robert Livingston, general manager. “We had implemented ‘social distancing’ protocol and enhanced cleaning procedures this past weekend, but as one of the largest employers in Pinal County and to ensure the health and safety of our employees and guests, the Council and our local management team here felt this was our best option to continue to flatten the curve of this virus.”
During the temporary closure, team members will continue to be paid and their benefits eligibility will not be interrupted for up to two weeks without needing to use any vacation or sick time.
Reservations during this temporary closure will be cancelled and guests will receive a full refund for any hotel deposit. Those with third-party reservations through travel agencies or other travel partners should reach out to the third party directly to cancel. Dining and spa reservations have also been cancelled.
The Events Center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin had already announced show postponements through the end of the month. Gary Allan, who was scheduled to appear on April 3, has been postponed as well.