Oneida Nation Enterprises is introducing updates to its comprehensive Safer Together health and safety plan for its three gaming venues. New measures designed to further increase safety for guests and employees are being included while the enterprise aligns its efforts with the State of New York to combat community spread of COVID-19.
Oneida Indian Nation Homelands (July 7, 2020) – After reopening its award-winning entertainment and hospitality venues in Upstate New York one month ago, Oneida Nation Enterprises is today announcing updates to its “Safer Together” reopening plan.
These updates will be take effect at all Oneida Indian Nation properties, including Turning Stone Resort Casino, Point Place Casino, and YBR Casino & Sports Book, as well as all onsite restaurants and lodging venues.
Newly implemented updates include:
- Effective July 10th, Turning Stone will require 100% face coverings throughout the gaming floors, including Casino Blu and the entire Bingo Hall at Turning Stone. Smoking on the gaming floor will be temporarily prohibited. This decision was made based on new public health recommendations and to ensure consistency in wearing face coverings throughout the entirety of Turning Stone.
- Oneida Nation Enterprises has aligned with the State of New York and its ongoing efforts to limit community spread of the virus. As such, the enterprise will limit access to guests traveling from any of the following 19 states in lieu of its previous 120-mile radius requirement for guests: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, Texas, California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Delaware, Oklahoma, Kanas and Tennessee.
- All Oneida Indian Nation gaming venues will continue to screen guests entering the properties. Any guest from one of the above listed states will not be permitted to enter any of the venues.
The following protocols and proven best safety practices will continue to remain in place at all properties:
- Restaurants limiting occupancy to 50% capacity.
- No shows, concerts or large gatherings on the premises, with nightclubs remaining closed to the public.
- Enforcement of face coverings and physical distancing wherever possible.
- Enhanced sanitation and cleanliness procedures also remain in effect, including a much higher HVAC changeover level, which exceeds the standards required by commercial code.
- Gloves required for all employees who are working in direct contact with guests.
- Daily non-invasive contactless temperature checks for all employees and brief survey questions to identify potential exposure to coronavirus.
Joel Barkin, VP of Communications
About the Oneida Indian Nation
The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,750 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, YBR Casino & Sports Book, Point Place Casino, Maple Leaf Markets, SāvOn Convenience stores, RV Park, and three marinas. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.