Sherwood Valley Casino Will Temporarily Suspend Operations to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Friday 20th March 2020

WILLITS, Calif., March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians announced today that in an abundance of precaution they have made the difficult decision to suspend all operations through the end of the month, effective tonight (03/ 18/20) at 10:00 p.m. This decision reflects our continued commitment to our number one priority: the health and well-being of our Tribal Membership, team members, guests, and surrounding communities.

Over the coming weeks, Sherwood Valley leadership will monitor the situation and will communicate when it is decided that we can safely resume operations. We will continue to update our website and social media with new information and inform the general public via social media as this situation unfolds.

Although Mendocino County has no reported cases of COVID-19, the Sherwood Valley Band believes the temporary closure is a responsible step demanded by the growing public health emergency.

The Tribal Council and casino management have been tracking local, state and federal health announcements to stay current about COVID-19 and make sound decisions.

Sherwood Valley realizes that this temporary closure will affect the lives of its dedicated work force and all team members, therefore they will continue to be paid and receive benefits during the closure.

To ensure everyone's well-being, all scheduled promotions and events at the casino have been postponed until further notice. When we reschedule these events, we will inform our guests with all the updated information.

In a statement, Melanie Rafanan, Chairperson of the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo said: "As a Tribal Government and major local employer, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close Sherwood Valley Casino for the health and safety of our Team Members, Tribal Members, and guests due to the COVID-19 pandemic," Rafanan added, "The Sherwood Valley community has faced difficulties and obstacles before and have overcome them, and together we will successfully get through this difficult time too."

Through this rapidly evolving situation, the Sherwood Valley Tribe remains committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for all guests and team members, as well as doing our part to slow the spread of the virus. In the meantime, stay well and we look forward to our reopening and seeing you again soon.

We appreciate your continued patience, support and trust in us as we navigate this pandemic.

We are all in this together.

We will get through this together.

About Sherwood Valley Casino

The Sherwood Valley Casino has a backdrop of the lush coastal forestry that forms the signature scenery of Willits, California, the heart of Mendocino County. Featuring over 220 of the newest and best slots, Sherwood Valley Casino is reputed to be "Friendly, Local and Rewarding". Dedicated to providing our guests with an exceptional gaming and entertainment experience, Sherwood Valley Casino's 6,000 square foot, action-packed gaming floor features the Creekside Café for a delicious bite to eat, the most generous players club in the area, and the friendliest customer service around!

For more information please call: (707) 459-7978 or visit the casino online at

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