After extensive planning, property preparations, team member training and at the direction of the Yakama Nation, Legends Casino Hotel management will welcome guests back to the property as of 10:00am on Thursday, August 13. Guests returning will appreciate a different experience designed to place both team and guest health as a priority. Our new hours will be daily from 10:00am to 2:00am; however, Legends Hotel guests will have exclusive access to the casino floor beginning at 9:00am.
While we support the measures and procedures Governor Inslee and our county teams implement to lessen the spread of COVID-19, the Yakama Nation maintains sovereign decision-making on tribal lands including the decision to reopen Legends Casino Hotel.
“We employ almost 800 team members from the region, and they were placed on standby status on April 9 due to this extended closure. That gave us the flexibility to continue to provide healthcare benefits for our team members while allowing them to apply for unemployment,” explained General Manager Letisha Peterson, “That also gave us the ability to bring each one of them back with a phone call, and that’s exactly what we started doing this week.”
Legends Casino Hotel is a major contributor to the Yakama Nation’s and region’s economy. According to the Washington Tourism Alliance, travelers spent $414 million in Yakima County in 2018 and supported 3,860 jobs. Legends Casino Hotel helps drive that impact as do many other hospitality destinations in our community that have been affected by this extended closure. We have taken the necessary steps to reopen in a responsible manner that supports the health and safety of both team members and guests.
All team members have already been trained with the “new way” we will do business. All guests will be screened and have touchless temperature checks before entering. Everyone—guests and Legends team members—will be required to wear face masks and adhere to the minimum 6-foot distancing standards. Complimentary masks will be made available for guests who don’t have one, while supplies last.
Guest capacity on the casino floor and hotel occupancy will be limited to approximately 50%. Therefore, it is recommended that guests wishing to return, but not willing to endure potential lengthy wait times, consider coming on another day other than the August 13 reopening date.
Other changes guests can expect include:
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