Pechanga Resort Casino Eases Mask Restrictions, Reopens More Slot Machines
June 16, 2021
TEMECULA, Calif. - The largest casino in California dropped masking requirements for fully vaccinated guests and staff Tuesday, coinciding with the state of California's reopening.
Unvaccinated guests are still asked to wear masks while indoors, the Pechanga Resort Casino said. The casino said that staff members who provide proof of completed vaccination to the Pechanga Human Resources Department will receive a $100 gift card. The Pechanga Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and was voted #3 Best Casino Hotel by readers of USA Today.
Pechanga's move follows recent relaxations of other Native casinos' mask mandates. In May, masks were made completely optional at all of the Cherokee Nation and Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida's gaming venues, according to reporting from the Cherokee Phoenix in Oklahoma and Local10 News in Florida. However, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), 58 (11%) of the 527 Indian gaming operations in the U.S. were still closed as of June 7.