Seneca Gaming reintroduces COVID protocols at New York casinos


Seneca Gaming Corporation has reintroduced mandatory COVID-19 protocols at its range of gaming venues, amid “concerning” recent trends through western New York.

The casino operator says that the updated safety and security features will be applicable to all guests and team members, a move it adds is “the right step to ensure that our properties remain safe, enjoyable environments for all”.

Seneca Gaming Corporation operates three casinos in New York on behalf of the Seneca Nation of Indians, namely the Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo, and Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca. 

Across these facilities patrons can access 5,400 slot machines, 140 table games, over 1,000 guest rooms and suites, spas and salons, dining, retail outlets, and the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course.

According to the New York Times, the counties of Niagara, Erie, and Cattaraugus, where the aforementioned facilities are located, are showing 14-day increases in coronavirus cases, per 100,000 residents, of 78 per cent, 62 per cent, and 72 per cent, respectively.

As a result of the re-established protocols, masks or facial coverings will be required for all guests and team members, with social distancing to resume, meaning that a minimum distance of six feet must be maintained.

“Our highest priority remains the health, safety and enjoyment of our guests and our team members,” Kevin Nephew Seneca Gaming Corporation resident & CEO, is quoted as stating to local media

“While we have maintained a strict adherence to COVID-related protocols at our three properties, the recent trends throughout Western New York are concerning. Requiring the use of face masks is the right step to ensure that our properties remain safe, enjoyable environments for all.”