By: Angel Ellis, Reporter
TULSA, Oklahoma– The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Casino shut down has been extended until at least May 15, according to MCN Press Secretary Jason Salsman. The Gaming Operations Authority Board and Casino Officials are continuing to monitor and evaluate the COVID-19 situation.
In a climate of economic uncertainty and rising unemployment due to corona virus, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation has invested millions to keep employees and maintain services.
The tribal gaming facilities have been closed due to safety precautions in the wake of COVID-19 since March 16.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief David Hill and River Spirit Casino Resort Chief Executive Officer Pat Crofts made the announcements throughout the pandemic but did not issue a release on the latest extension.
While none of the tribal gaming facilities ever reported positive COVID-19 cases, officials have voluntarily shut down operations as a precaution.
After April 30 officials will review forecasts by federal health officials.
According to the earlier releases the tribe is focused on being a good leader in a crisis.
The 2,200 employee’s payroll totals about $3.4 million every two weeks. Over the course of four pay periods the MCN will have invested $13.6 million in employee play and benefits.