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Tesuque Casino temporarily closed

(Courtesy of Tesuque Casino)

Tesuque Casino has temporarily closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

The Pueblo of Tesuque Development Corporation (POTDC), the primary business entity for the Pueblo of Tesuque, decided to temporarily close the casino on Nov. 5. The decision to cease operations was made as a precautionary measure after a casino employee tested positive for COVID-19. It is the first known positive case among the casino’s employees since it reopened in September, according to a statement posted on the casino’s website.

The POTDC has required all employees to observe strict safety protocols based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. Employees must regularly report on the state of their health and the health of household members. All employees must be tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative result before returning to work.

“The safety and well being of guests and employees is paramount to POTDC,” according to the statement. “The decision to close temporarily was made out of an abundance of caution, with the best interests of the community in mind, and in an effort to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout New Mexico.”

A reopening date has not been determined at this time. A thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the casino will be done during the temporary closure.

A comprehensive health and sanitation plan had been in place since September when the casino reopened. Protocols included wearing personal protective equipment, practicing physical distancing and cleaning and sanitizing procedures. The plan will continue to be enforced after the current hiatus, according to the statement.

For more information, call Tesuque Casino at 800-462-2635 or email

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