Masks and Social Distancing Return for New York Gamblers

The Seneca Gaming Corporation has brought back coronavirus protocols at its gaming venues due to concerns about recent trends in western New York.

The casino operator has updated the safety and security features at its venues after the casinos reopened in September 2020, and they are applicable to all guests and staff members. It has done this as it believes it is “the right step to ensure that our properties remain safe, enjoyable environments for all.”

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

Between the three casinos, they bring gamblers 5,400 slot machines, 140 table games, and more than 1,000 hotel rooms and suites, together with spas, salons, restaurants, retail outlets, and the Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course.

A recent article in the New York Times highlighted that the counties of Niagara, Erie, and Cattaraugus, where the casinos are located, are showing 14-day increases in Coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents of 78%, 62%, and 72%, respectively.

The reintroduced protocols mean that all guests and staff must wear masks or face coverings, and they must social distance from one another, which means a minimum distance of six feet must be kept between people.

Kevin Nephew - Seneca Gaming Corporation resident & CEO

Our highest priority remains the health, safety, and enjoyment of our guests and our team members. 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.

Kevin NephewSeneca Gaming Corporation resident & CEO