ONEIDA NATION (NBC 26) -- Oneida Casino is prepared to resume operations on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 a.m., the casino stated in a news release issued Friday.
The reopening of the casino will come with some restrictions to maintain health and safety protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. The casino will reopen in phases.
According to the news release, the first phase of casino recovery includes first reopening the Main-Airport Casino, Irene Moore Activity Center (IMAC) and West Mason Casinos with slot play only. There will be no smoking in any of the locations to improve healthy air quality.
Table Games and Bingo operations will not resume during this phase. Beverages will no longer be self-service; attendants will assist guests at beverage stations. Food service will be "grab and go" only at this time.
Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required for all guests and front line team members during the first phase. Facilities will be open beginning Tuesday, May 26, daily 8am to 4am, and close for deep cleaning and sanitizing.
Louise Cornelius, Oneida Gaming General Manager, said in the release that the casino will recall about half of team members that were furloughed. The casino originally closed back in March due to concerns regarding coronavirus. Employees returning to work at the casino will go through daily health screenings that include temperature checks and a general health questionnaire. More employees will be brought back as the casino contiues its phases of recovery.