A Message From the CEO, Chuck Garrett
The health and safety of Cherokee Nation Businesses team members, valued guests and the communities where we live and work will continue to be our top priority as we navigate through this challenging time.
Our casino venues provide entertainment and enjoyment, but also serve as a key part of the economic engine of the Cherokee Nation. We are proud to be one of the largest job providers in northeast Oklahoma.
We suspended operations across all of our properties in mid-March to protect our employees, our guests and the general public and reduce the spread of COVID-19. While it has been difficult, it is clear this was the right course of action.
Now, we must rise to meet the challenge of bringing our organization back to safe and productive operations.
We have been closely monitoring all available guidance regarding COVID-19 for both our industry and our region, including information supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state and local health departments.
We have developed extensive guidelines and procedures that enhance our stringent standards for sanitization and cleaning and promote physical distancing at all our properties. Our Responsible Hospitality plan outlines many of these new protocols. We pledged to commence operations only when we are confident we can provide an experience that minimizes the risks to the safety and security of our employees, our guests and our community. In early June, we began a careful, phased process to reopen our closed properties, including our casinos.
Our team has done remarkable work to protect one another and to prepare our businesses for re-opening, and I’m proud of all of our employees who continued working on-site during the past three months to safeguard our facilities and provide essential services to our government clients under extraordinary circumstances. Cherokee Federal’s team of companies continue to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and military health agencies to provide critical mission support against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cherokee Federal also recently unveiled a new line of products aimed at addressing the global health crisis. Scout Health Security screening, detection and isolation equipment was created to aid businesses, organizations and health care facilities in safely reopening and operating throughout current and subsequent public health challenges.
The newly announced products include the Scout Guard™, Scout Protect™ and Scout Detect™. The mobile units use negative and positive air pressure to create a protective barrier for airborne pathogens and are capable of both advanced and singular thermal scanning, as well as identifying and isolating potential health risks. They also allow medical professionals to administer a variety of tests in a clean air environment, aided by Ultra Low Particulate Air, also known as ULPA, medical-grade filters.
I couldn’t be more proud of the work all of our employees are doing, and I’m grateful to all who are rising up to meet the many challenges brought by COVID-19.
While the guest experience at our casino venues will be different, we will continue to deliver the same market-leading hospitality and entertainment they have come to know and love.
How we move forward from this pandemic will be a part of our legacy.
We intend to emerge confident in the knowledge that we did all we could to protect the safety of our employees, ensure the enjoyment of our guests and preserve the security of our future.
Together, we are a remarkable team and I look forward to welcoming you all back.
- Chuck Garrett
- Chief Executive Officer
- Cherokee Nation Businesses
Cherokee Nation Updates
For important, timely updates about Cherokee Nation’s response to COVID-19, please visit Anadisgoi, the official newsroom of Cherokee Nation.