Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa reopens
Staff and guests wear masks at the Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa.
Hand sanitizer dispensers are located around the Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa.
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| May 16, 2020 1:00 AM
All employees were paid through shutdown
BONNERS FERRY — The Kootenai Tribe of Idaho is reopening its Best Western Plus Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa today.
“We are excited to welcome back our loyal guests and our great group of team members are looking forward to getting back to work as well,” said Gary Aitken, Jr., chairman of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho.
“We are very happy that the Kootenai Tribe paid all wages including tips to our team members during this closure,” said Tom Turpin, general manager. “Our employees are absolutely critical to our success and I am pleased they were taken care of.”
During the nearly seven-week shutdown of all but the guest rooms, the team at the Kootenai River Inn Casino and Spa has been busy working on improvements of the facility.
Improvements include restriping the parking lot area, resurfacing the pool area including draining and cleaning the pool and hot tub, shampooing the majority of carpeted areas, transitioning the Fireside Casino and Deli to non-smoking Casino and Deli, and detailing of all guest rooms.
Along with that, the team has implemented enhanced cleaning measures, social distancing protocols in public areas and installed hand sanitizer stations.
The Casino rooms will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursdays and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Masks and temperature checks will be initially required for all guests and team members entering the building. Guests should be prepared to provide their own masks, as a limited supply will be available. This will be closely monitored and assessed on a weekly basis through the early stages of the opening.
Today, The Springs restaurant will open at 6:30 a.m., the Casino rooms will open at 7 and The Kootenai Spa will open at 9.