San Diego Business Journal

The Pala Casino Spa & Resort will open on Friday, May 22, according to the Pala Band of Mission Indians. Extra precautionary measures will be implemented to protect the health and safety of guests and team members and to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This includes: increasing cleaning and disinfecting with focus on high touch areas; the use of thermal camera scanners at all entrances; encouraging social distancing by reducing number of seats at each table and number of operational slots; requiring team members wear face masks; the addition of hand sanitizing stations throughout the property and CDC signage.

“Over the last several weeks, the leadership team at Pala Casino Spa & Resort has been working diligently to develop a customized reopening plan that encourages social distancing, increases cleaning and disinfecting protocols and further protects the health and safety of our guests and employees,” said Fred Bruno, CEO of Pala Casino Spa & Resort. “While we are eager to reopen, we remain dedicated to carefully monitoring this evolving situation and following the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and public health agencies.”

Initially, the maximum guest occupancy will be limited to 50% in all gaming areas and limited food and beverage options will be available. The rest of the reopening process will be conducted in phases.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at or 858-634-4625.