After Just Four Days, Blue Lake Casino Closes


The Blue Lake Casino was open for just four days before shutting its doors again for the second time since March. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has affected businesses throughout California, and the Blue Lake Casino is just one example.

The casino reopened on July 12 after being closed since the middle of March. The decision was made to close the casino again on July 16 in an effort to align with other businesses affected by the current stay-at-home order in California.

The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe owns and operates the casino, and they made the decision to close without being pressured by the state government. The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe does not have to follow orders from the Governor, but they chose to do so.

Several health and safety protocols were in place when the casino reopened on July 12, including limiting occupancy to just 30 percent. Table games were also separated to account for social distancing, and the casino made changes to their cleaning policies.

There is no timetable to reopen, but the tribe will keep a close eye on the numbers from the pandemic and work with local health officials.

Blue Lake Casino Amenities

Blue Lake Casino has over 600 different slots to choose from to go along with a huge list of table games. Poker is also available at Blue Lake Casino during normal operating conditions.

There are also four different restaurants available at the Blue Lake Casino, and the restaurants attract customers that don’t plan on entering the casino. The casino also hosts many live entertainment options throughout the year, but those have been shut down during the pandemic as well.

Hotel Remains Open

The adjacent hotel will remain open at this time, but that could be the next part of the property that shuts down again. The Blue Lake Casino Hotel is also implementing several new health and safety protocols in an effort to keep both guests and employees safe.

Housekeepers and inspectors are wearing personal protective equipment when cleaning rooms at the Blue Lake Hotel, and gloves are also being worn when changing linens. Guests are only allowed to ride in the elevator with members of their own party.

Sneeze guards have also been installed throughout the property, and social distancing is required while in the lobby for check-in or check-out procedures. As of Thursday, the hotel was not aware of any guests or employees that had tested positive for COVID-19.

California COVID-19 Numbers

The state of California has seen some huge numbers during the coronavirus pandemic, and that is the biggest reason that the state is taking extreme measures to try and stop the spread. It was predicted that the state would see the peak in mid-April, but the numbers continue to climb.

As of Thursday, there have been 485,502 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of California. More than 8,900 people have died for the coronavirus since the beginning of March.