March 16, 2020
To our Tribal Citizens, Employees, and Olympic Peninsula Community:
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe is actively monitoring COVID-19 and the associated impacts on our region. As a sovereign nation, healthcare provider, and one of the largest employers on the Olympic Peninsula, we are working diligently to develop responsible plans to keep our people and our community healthy and safe. Jamestown is working with local, state, inter-tribal, and federal agencies, as well as our own public healthcare and emergency operations personnel.
Our goal is to do our part in containing the spread of the virus and protect the more vulnerable populations. We are adapting to new information as it becomes available and are fully aware that the decisions being made to limit the spread of COVID-19 impact everyone. The health and well-being of our Tribal and Olympic Peninsula community is of the utmost importance. If you feel sick or have any cold/flu-like symptoms, please stay home. Please continue to practice good hygiene by washing your hands thoroughly and frequently.
7 Cedars Casino will be closed temporarily in support of statewide efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Longhouse Market & Deli will remain open with frequent cleanings of the gas pumps and other high-touch surfaces and all deli orders will be served to-go. The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course will remain open for golf, however, sit-down dining will be closed. Jamestown Family Health Clinic will remain open and continue serving the healthcare needs of our community. The dental clinic will remain open at this time. Our Tribe agrees with the collective view that a coordinated effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 is in our region’s best interest. Our Tribe recognizes there is an important balance between public safety and continuing to help our businesses survive and protect jobs. We will continue to evaluate the situation and consider additional recommended measures throughout this rapidly changing crisis.
Expect more information in the coming days and weeks on the Tribe’s plans, as well as updates from expert agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control, the Washington State Department of Health, and our region’s public health officials, Dr. Locke and Dr. Unthank.
If you are a Jamestown employee working at the Tribal Government, 7 Cedars Resort Properties, or Jamestown Family Health Clinic, you should be discussing any COVID-19 related concerns with your department director or supervisor, so that if scheduling changes are needed (to work from home, to self-quarantine, to care for a family member, etc.), your supervisor can accommodate.
This is a difficult time for all of us and we are working hard to ensure everyone’s health and safety. In the interim, please be kind and understanding to each other and help one another. We will get through this together.
Jamestown Tribal Council
W. Ron Allen, Chair/CEO
Loni Greninger, Acting Vice-Chair
Rochelle Blankenship, Acting Secretary
Theresa Lehman, Treasurer
Kurt Grinnell, Councilman
March 13, 2020
In these times of uncertainty, we want you to know that the safety and health of guests and employees are always a top priority, and that our thoughts are with those impacted by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. We are adapting to new information as it becomes available and are fully aware that the decisions being made to limit the spread of COVID-19 impact everyone.
Postponed Events & Entertainment Update
Following Governor Inslee’s press conference on Thursday, March 12, he invited the Washington Tribes to join him on a working session. During that call Governor Inslee explained his commitment to working with these sovereign Tribal Governments and was hoping to work together on this health crisis. He made it clear that he does not expect casinos to close; rather, his focus was on concerts, sporting events, and other events of that nature. 7 Cedars Club SEVEN venue will keep the occupancy of events to less than 250 people.
Our Properties Are Open
7 Cedars Casino, Dining Venues, The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course, and the Longhouse Market & Deli will remain open. Our Promotions, Live Music on Thursday, Friday & Saturdays, Comedy Night, Bingo etc., will continue as normal at this time. Updates can be found on our Web Page 7CEDARS.COM.
Guest & Staff Safety
We are committed to on-going communication and collaborations with our Medical Clinic and health care professionals. We are continually monitoring the guidance and resources from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Public Health and Safety Officer (PHSO), National Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
7 Cedars is adopting protocols to maintain a safe workplace and to encourage practices protecting the health of employees, customers, and visitors.
All these safeguards are precautions made with you in mind. We appreciate all our guests and employees being proactive about their health and we will continue to follow the guidance from local and state health agencies to maintain a safe environment for everyone.
Chief Executive Officer