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Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel delays reopening

(Courtesy of Santa Ana Casino Hotel)


Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel will not reopen for another 30 days.

The Governors of the Pueblo of Santa Ana have directed Tamaya Enterprises Inc., which operates the casino and hotel, to delay opening due to the current pandemic, according to a Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel news release.

“Our tribal leaders are keenly aware the closing of the Star Casino creates a significant hardship for both our community members and employees due to the coronavirus,” Melanie Martinez, Tamaya Enterprises Inc. Interim Chairperson, states in the news release. “The decision to reopen will require us to see a more consistent and stable public health environment.”

The decision to reopen will be based on local and regional science-based health data combined with the “highest level of preparedness,” Chief Executive Officer John Cirrincione said in the release.

“We are committed to opening when we feel confident that the trends are headed in the right direction,” according to Cirrincione. “We have created a comprehensive prevention plan and have made significant changes to our operation to function as safely as possible under these circumstances.”

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel is taking very seriously the responsibility of safeguarding its patrons, employees and the community, according to Martinez.

“We have spent decades building public trust and establishing ourselves as the leader in the State’s gaming industry and we wish to maintain our position,” she is quoted saying in the news release.

Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel has been temporarily closed since March 15. It features 1,600 slot machines, 22 table games, five restaurants and bars as well as 204 hotel rooms.

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