Navajo Nation Gaming’s Board of Directors has decided to keep all casino facilities closed until July 27th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision comes after the extension of the executive order by President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer that will keep government buildings closed as well until July 27th. Navajo Gaming interim CEO Brian Parrish says “During the closure we continue to keep our team members on paid administrative leave, of which 82% are members of the Navajo Nation, to minimize hardships during these unprecedented times. They are able to provide for their families and still have health care benefits which includes an excellent Employee Assistance Program,” stated Interim CEO Brian Parrish. “This allows them to help stabilize their families and communities during the crisis.” Parrish also added, “at some point, everyone will be able to return to work and we are prepared with a reopening plan that is a living and breathing document which is constantly enhanced with the newest and latest protocols and safety measures.” Officials have said in the past that When the facilities reopen, Navajo Gaming will implement protection plans, including mandatory mask wearing by team members, physical distancing on the casino floor and all food and beverage locations, as well as other high traffic areas.