The Pueblo of Santa Ana, and The Tamaya Enterprises Board of Directors (TEI), has announced that they will temporarily close the casino Sunday, March 15, beginning at 11:59 p.m. Although events are changing quickly, Santa Ana is planning a 30-day closure and will re-evaluate circumstances on a daily basis. The casino’s hotel tower will be closing in the next few days as guests depart.
“We see the closure of our facility as simply the right thing to do. Although this temporary closure will have a significant financial impact on us, we understand that we have benefited from both our fellow citizens and team members. Now is the time for us to make responsible and ethical decisions with the best interest of everyone in mind,” said TEI Chairwoman, Melanie Martinez.
John Cirrincione, Chief Executive Officer, explains, “We are closing in order to promote social distancing and be responsible in preventing unnecessary spread. Hopefully others will follow our lead. All full-time and part-time team members will receive full pay and health benefits for the next (30) thirty days. Team members will also receive compensation for any lost gratuities.”
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel has taken many preventive measures prior to the closure to include personal protective equipment, a Coronavirus website for our team members to stay informed, and a high visibility and engagement management team to ease the concerns of their team.