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Press Release
March 31, 2020


Press Release
March 30, 2020


March 27, 2020

RE: Temporary Layoff Notice

Dear Team Member,

Due to the economic impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Chinook Winds Casino Resort (CWCR) is implementing measures to ensure the financial stability of the organization. The current pandemic situation has impacted our business significantly. As a result, we find that we must make some difficult personnel decisions. As you know, CWCR closed on March 17, 2020 and has remained closed. We had hoped to reopen by April 1, 2020. It is clear the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic requires CWCR to remain closed at this time.

CWCR is making the difficult decision to implement a temporary layoff. This notice is to inform you that your position is included in this layoff, effective April 1, 2020. We expect the layoff to last until at least April 15, 2020. We will reassess the circumstances regularly and may reduce or extend this timeframe based upon the status of the pandemic. We will recall laid-off employees in preparation to reopen CWCR. You will receive a formal letter addressed to you to retain for your records.

You may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Oregon Employment Department. Unemployment Insurance claims can only be filed using their online system or by calling 1-877-345-3484. Please visit the following website for questions about Unemployment Insurance:

CWCR will continue to communicate with you regularly during this period. We will use your contact information to facilitate recall notices as well.

It is our sincerest goal to bring the team back together as soon as it is safe to do so.
Stay home. Stay safe. The B.E.A.C.H. will be waiting…

Warm regards,

Michael S. Fisher
General Manager
Chinook Winds Casino Resort