HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 26Issue 18NIGC RELEASES REOPENING GUIDANCE FOR TRIBAL CASINOS

On April 24, 2020, the National Indian Gaming Commission issued reopening guidance for tribal casinos who are considering plans to open their casinos and can be found here. The guidance notes that the NIGC has developed a COVID-19 Environment, Public Health and Safety (EPHS) Preliminary Assessment that our compliance staff will use to assess a gaming operation’s compliance with 25 C.F.R. part 559. The COVID-19 EPHS Preliminary Assessment’s focus is on EPHS and does not address specific internal controls or asset protection that should be considered when reopening. The assessment lists 23 questions that the assessment will review ranging from whether there are any tribal, local, county and state restrictions business and gatherings to cleaning requirements to PPE equipment to social distancing.

In addition to the EPHS factors, the NIGC has broken down its reopening guidance into five areas: (1) Regulatory and Staffing Concerns; (2) Public Health & Safety Recommendations; (3) Considerations for Gaming Floor; (4) Considerations for Security and Surveillance; and (5) Considerations for Cage/Vault and Revenue Audit. 

In the accompanying letter, E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, chair of the NIGC, noted: “In addition, information related to preparation measures for reopening is available on the recently updated NIGC Frequently Asked Questions document. As operations and tribal regulatory bodies identify operational questions and propose site specific solutions, the NIGC will continue to expand on how mitigation measures protect the public’s safety and ensure a fair gaming operation.” The NIGC FAQs can be found at https://www.nigc.gov/commission/faqs.


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