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Shown is WinStar World Casino and Hotel in Thackerville. The Chickasaw Nation announced Thursday that all casinos and offices would remain closed through April 15.

Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby announced Thursday that Chickasaw Nation businesses and offices already closed to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus will remain closed through April 15.

Chickasaw Travel Stops locations will remain open to serve the public. A complete list of closures and cancellations is available at www.chickasaw.net.

Anoatubby stated,  “We are extending these measures on the advice of health professionals who continue to recommend ongoing social distancing as a vital measure in minimizing the spread of this disease.

“Based on the best available science, we believe extending effective social distancing policies is the best course of action to help protect the lives, health and well-being of the Chickasaw people, our employees and our neighbors across the state and around the world.

“We continue engaging with federal and state officials to develop and implement a coordinated response to protect the health of our citizens and minimize the significant economic and social impacts caused by this pandemic.

 “Extending effective social distancing policies and practices is a vital part of our efforts to help slow the spread of this disease, save lives and help preserve the opportunity for long-term economic prosperity.

“Therefore, as our leadership team implements a wide range of policies to facilitate social distancing strategies, we are also working to meet the needs of families facing work interruptions, school closures, business losses and other unusual circumstances.

“We are implementing work from home policies for many, compensating employees temporarily unable to work as a result of the pandemic, and working to meet the needs of individuals and families facing unique circumstances.   

“We appreciate all the dedicated health care professionals from doctors and nurses to maintenance, administration and support staff who are working longer hours under increasingly stressful conditions to care for our loved ones. Our leadership team is working diligently to support these health care professionals on the front lines of this battle.

“While these are difficult times, Chickasaws, Oklahomans, and all Americans have a record of standing together and supporting one another through all manner of adversity.

“Together, we will win this battle and emerge as a stronger, more resilient nation.”

Eric Swanson can be contacted by email at eswanson@theadanews.com.

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