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Ute Mountain Casino Hotel temporarily closes due to COVID-19 concerns

Noel Lyn Smith
Farmington Daily Times

GALLUP — The Ute Mountain Casino Hotel in Towaoc, Colorado, will be closed starting on Dec. 7 due to increased concerns about COVID-19 and as part of efforts by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to prevent the spread of the virus.

According to a press release from tribe's enterprise, the casino and hotel could tentatively reopen after the holidays.

"We will closely monitor what is happening at a state, regional and national level with regards to COVID-19 and its impact on our region, community and the economy. And, while it has been a difficult decision, without question, it is what is necessary to ensure the safety of the tribal community, guests and our team members. Their safety, well-being and livelihood remain our top priority," General Manager Rick Scheer said in the release.

The Ute Mountain Casino Hotel in Towaoc, Colorado will close temporarily due to increased concerns about COVID-19 and as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.

The facility, located alongside U.S. Highway 491 and south of Cortez, Colorado, houses the 90-room hotel, casino, restaurant and gift shop.

For more information about the casino and hotel, call 800-258-8007.

The release states that the travel centers in Towaoc and in White Mesa, Utah will remain open with hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both locations will observe social distancing and limit customers to 10 at a time.

For more information about the travel centers, visit www.utemountaincasino.com/travel-center/.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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