Friday, March 13, 2020

CA Governor Newsom EXCLUDES Tribal Casinos from Large Gathering Ban; NIGA postpones Tradeshow in San Diego

Churches yes, poltical contributors NO?  Reminder, SMOKING is allowed in tribal casinos, for the lung diseased challenged.

photo by Randy Vazquez

The executive directive also does not include casinos, theaters and large parks like Disneyland “because of the complexity of their unique circumstances,” Newsom said. But within hours, however, Disneyland announced it will close its iconic park and Disneyland California Adventure on Saturday through the end of March.

Newsom said his administration is in discussions with theater operators and the Native Americans tribes that run California casinos on how they can comply.

Meanwhile,  The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Board of Directors and Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr., are officially announcing today that the Association will be postponing the 2020 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in San Diego scheduled on March 24– 27.

At an emergency meeting today of the Board of Directors, the National Indian Gaming Association voted unanimously to postpone the event.

The decision to postpone the annual gaming convention comes after, among other developments, California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order addressing California’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The NIGA Board of Directors was also driven by the overwhelming critical safety concerns voiced by many tribal governments and the gaming industry.

“The health and safety of our tribal gaming attendees are of paramount concern and postponing the Indian Gaming Tradeshow, for now, is the safest course of action. Our Board of Directors and Association staff will work diligently on the best path forward for all impacted attendees in light of this postponement,” National Indian Gaming Association Chairman, Ernie Stevens, Jr., stated.

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