Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment, which operates casinos in Glendale, Tucson, Sahuarita and Why (Ajo) on behalf of the Tohono O’odham Nation’s gaming enterprise, announced it was suspending casino operations for two weeks effective 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The Glendale casino, 9431 W. Northern Ave., Glendale, opened Feb. 20 and is the gaming enterprise’s newest venture.
“In this unprecedented time, it is our duty to protect the community and collective action is needed to slow this virus. We are all in this together and I am proud to be a part of the vital Arizona Tribal Gaming community, which employs thousands of workers,” Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said in a release announcing the closure. “I commend the other tribal casinos who are also making tough decisions for their own communities as well. It is in moments like these that our communities must rise to the challenge by relying on the shared values of compassion, collaboration, and generosity that have inspired us for generations.”
“This action is being taken to protect the safety of our team members, guests and the community. We will do everything we can to support our team members, including ensuring that they continue to be compensated during the planned closure,” Gaming Enterprise CEO Rudy Prieto said in the release. “It is important that we all do our part in this uncertain time and we want to thank our guests and Desert Diamond family for their patience and understanding.”