Despite an appeal from California Governor Gavin Newsom to reconsider plans to reopen, five of San Diego’s casinos are set to do so this week, without any legal obstructions, said a CBS8 report.

According to the report, the five San Diego-based casinos that will be open to the public are:

  • Viejas Casino: reopened Monday
  • Jamul Casino: reopened to select casino members Monday. Public reopening is Thursday
  • Sycuan Casino: reopens Wednesday
  • Valley View Casino: reopens Friday
  • Harrah’s Resort Southern California: reopens Friday

All five casinos listed safety guidelines on their respective websites.

The majority, not all, are requiring guests to have their temperature taken before entering the casino.

The same report claimed that Viejas opened its doors at 8 a.m. Friday morning and were already at capacity by 11:30 a.m.

This had prompted security guards to temporarily close the parking lots and let the people waiting in their cars know of a potential 2-hour wait. 

Aforementioned casinos are run and operated by Native American tribes.

Last week the California governor wrote to the tribe: “I cannot stress enough that the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains a serious threat for all Californians.”

However, the tribes are sovereign nations and aren’t under the authority of the state or county.

California is home to roughly 70 tribal casinos, so it’s not surprising that temporary shutdown announcements are trickling in and not being made in a simultaneous fashion, according to casino.org. 

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