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Wind River Hotel & Casino cancel re-opening due to COVID-19 safety concerns

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CASPER, Wyo. — The Wind River Hotel & Casino and Little Wind Casino had planned to re-open at noon Wednesday, July 22 after an extended closure due to COVID-19.

However, CEO Brian Van Ekenvoort said in a message published to Facebook late Tuesday that both casinos re-openings would be delayed.

“Due to extenuating circumstances, the Wind River Hotel & Casino and Little Wind Casino are, regretfully, cancelling our reopening until further notice,” Van Ekenvoort said. “The safety of our customers and employees remains our number one concern.”

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“We will be announcing a future reopening date, and apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused to our most valued customer base.”

When the casinos were still planning to reopen, they shared the following safety protocols that would be implemented:


The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:


What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email: covid@cnchd.org


  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.