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Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee to reopen Aug. 31

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee will reopen Aug. 31, 2020, after being closed for more than five months due to the pandemic. Hotel reservations will be accepted for stays beginning Sept. 1, 2020. (Beverly Bidney/Seminole Tribune photo)

IMMOKALEE – Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee is scheduled to reopen at 11 a.m. on Aug. 31, more than five months after it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A workforce of 540 employees is part of the reopening plans, which will also include Seminole Gaming’s “Safe + Sound” program that is in place at other Seminole Gaming facilities.

“Seminole Gaming has made a tremendous commitment to ‘Safe + Sound’ protocols and a safety-first mentality for both guests and team members,” Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International, said in a statement. “Feedback from guests and team members has been overwhelmingly supportive and comments focus on their positive peace of mind when they visit the casino complexes.”

Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee features a 51,000 square-foot casino with 1,400 slots and 38 live table games. Its EE-TO-LEET-KE Grill and Cappucino’s Coffee & Pastry Bar will be open for dine-in or to-go orders. The grill will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Cappucino’s will be open 24 hours. Social distancing requirements will be in place with limited seating. Hotel reservations will be accepted for stays beginning Sept. 1. 

The Immokalee venue rejoins the other Seminole Gaming properties that are all open for business. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa reopened in mid-May and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Classic Casino and Seminole Casino Brighton reopened in early June.

The “Safe + Sound” program includes enforcement specialists who focus on managing guest compliance with all program elements: proper use of required masks or face coverings, social distancing, crowd control, and remaining stationary while eating, drinking or smoking. Guests must adhere to “Safe + Sound” program requirements or be asked to leave the property.

“Safe + Sound” program guidelines are:

  • Temperature checks for all guests and team members prior to entry. Any guest or team member with a temperature above CDC guidelines of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed entry.
  • A requirement that all guests wear masks or cloth face coverings that meet CDC guidelines, without exception. Masks will be provided to guests as needed. 
  • Alternating slot machines will be turned off to help ensure social distancing on the casino floor.
  • New Plexiglas barriers will divide players at table games and customer service areas.
  • Signs will be posted throughout the casino complex to encourage social distancing and help ensure adherence to “Safe + Sound” program guidelines.
  • A new “Safe + Sound Clean Team” focused on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout the casino complex, with special emphasis on high-touch surfaces and common areas.
  • Hand-sanitizing stations will be available on the casino floor, at the entrances and throughout the casino complex.
  • An overall 50 percent reduction in guest capacity throughout the casino complex.