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Barona Resort & Casino Cancels New Year’s Celebrations
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(San Diego, CA) November 9, 2020 — In an abundance of caution and to protect the safety and well-being of players, staff and the greater San Diego community due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Barona Resort & Casino announced today that it has canceled its annual New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations.

“Ringing in the New Year is something we look forward to every year and we are very disappointed that we won’t be able to host a 2021 celebration this year,” said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. “Since reopening the casino back in May, we have carefully managed capacity in the casino to ensure social distancing and have also postponed all events and promotions that might attract crowds. As it has been throughout the pandemic, our focus is on protecting the health and wellness of our players and staff, and we believe canceling our much-loved New Year’s celebration is in the best interest of our staff, our players and everyone.”

Barona has always had the highest standards for cleanliness and is known for its dedication to the guiding principle of always being Clean, Polite and Honest. With that as the foundation, Barona Resort & Casino established the Barona Cares Health and Safety Plan at the onset of the pandemic. The plan includes increased and continuous disinfecting and cleaning protocols, limiting capacity, social distancing policies, mandatory facial coverings for all staff and players, infrared temperature checks, and property-wide health and hygiene reminders. Barona’s extensive disinfecting program also includes a Triple-Stage Air Filtration System that continually bombards and recycles the air with Ultraviolet (UV) light to refresh and disinfect the air 24/7, giving Barona the cleanest casino air in San Diego. In addition, the entire casino is non-smoking and the buffet is closed.

Continued Salinas, “We look forward to the return of our signature celebrations as soon as it is safe to do so. Until then, Barona will remain vigilant in adhering to our protocols and doing everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. Be careful and stay safe.”

For more information, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA.

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Barona Resort & Casino to Begin Phased Re-Opening on Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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 Barona Cares re-opening plan features social distancing measures, required facial coverings, temperature checks, limited capacity, no-smoking, and enhanced cleaning protocols

(Lakeside, CA) May 25, 2020 – After a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barona Resort & Casino will begin to re-open to the public in phases at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. In response to the pandemic, Barona Resort & Casino closed in mid-March to protect the health and safety of its players, staff, Tribal members and surrounding community.

Barona has always had the highest standards for cleanliness and is known for its dedication to the guiding principle of always being Clean, Polite and Honest. With that as the foundation, Barona Resort & Casino’s phased re-opening is centered on a robust Barona Cares Health and Safety Plan which includes increased and continuous disinfecting and cleaning protocols, limiting capacity, social distancing policies, required facial coverings for all staff and players, infrared temperature checks, health and hygiene reminders property-wide, and the entire casino is non-smoking.

“Our first concern is always the health and wellness of Barona’s Tribal elders and Tribal community along with all of our staff, our players and surrounding community,” said Chairman Edwin “Thorpe” Romero, Barona Band of Mission Indians. “We consider ourselves one big family and our goal is to ensure the wellbeing of our friends and family as we slowly begin to welcome players back to Barona. We want them to have fun but most importantly we want them to feel safe and protected.”

At the onset of the pandemic, Barona established a Barona Cares Task Force to coordinate the casino’s closure, as well as to develop a phased plan for the re-opening that focuses on significant public health measures to ensure the safety and cleanliness of Barona Resort & Casino.

“Over the years, Barona has received many accolades throughout the gaming industry and most importantly from our players as being the cleanest and safest casino,” said Rick Salinas, general manager, Barona Resort & Casino. “We have spent the past two months developing a thoughtful plan which enhances our already robust standards and addresses the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with all of the applicable guidelines.”

With the well-being of the casino’s players, staff and Tribal community as the top priority, the first phase of the plan includes the following guidelines:

  • Temperature screenings using infrared thermometers and wellness checks will be required for all players and staff inside their vehicle as they arrive on property. Anyone with a temperature above 100 or other symptoms will be politely asked to leave the property and seek medical advice;
  • Players and staff will be required to sanitize their hands before entering the casino or hotel;
  • Face coverings will be required for all players and staff;
  • The entire casino will be non-smoking and Barona’s triple-stage air filtration system will continuously disinfect the air and kill 99% of germs and viruses using germicidal UVC light technology;
  • No one under 18 will be allowed on property;
  • Every other slot machine will be turned off and chairs will be removed. Slot machines and chairs will be disinfected after each player;
  • Table games have been reduced and will be limited to three players per table to ensure social distancing. Disinfecting dice, table game rails, and chairs after every player; and touchless wagering at table games which means players never touch the chips;
  • Enhanced disinfecting protocols and increased sanitizing throughout the casino around the clock, especially at high touch point areas. Barona will only use disinfectants that are effective against viruses and meet or exceed CDC and OSHA guidelines;
  • All staff members will be required to attend PPE/COVID-19 training;
  • Social distancing policies, signage and floor markers throughout the casino and entire property;
  • Plexiglass dividers have been installed property wide in areas where appropriate between players and staff including Club Barona booths, cashier cage, all point-of-service stations in the food court, Sage Café, hotel check-in, various back of the house areas, among others;
  • Health and hygiene reminders placed throughout the property and back of the house reminding staff and players to social distance, wear their face coverings properly, wash hands frequently and remember not to touch their face. All staff will be required to wash their hands before and after breaks and continuously wash or sanitize their hands during their shift;
  • Increased availability of disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer stations throughout the entire property; and
  • A phased re-opening of restaurants will begin in the first phase. The buffet will remain closed.

Every Barona staff member has been trained with the new added responsibility of helping to make sure everyone is following the health and safety measures. Even the beloved Barona Party People will be responsible for reminding players to wear their face coverings, follow social distancing policies and to remember to wash or sanitize their hands frequently and not touch their face.

During the first phase, Barona will begin opening restaurants in a phased approach starting with Sage Café and the food court. Sage Café will open with reduced capacity, disposable placemat menus and continual disinfecting measures. With plexiglass dividers at the counters, the food court will package all food in to-go containers, there will be no self-service beverage stations and tables will be reduced by 50 percent for socially distanced seating. Gameside dining will be available at slot machines but not table games.

The hotel will re-open in phases starting at approximately 35 percent capacity, but the pool, spa and fitness center will remain closed.

The Barona Creek Golf Club, Pro Shop and snack bar will remain closed with a planned reopening in mid-June.

Additional features that will remain closed for the safety of staff and players include the poker room, buffet, valet services, gift shop, car wash, Barona Oaks Steakhouse, Italian Cucina, and Plaza Grill as well as the wedding chapel and events center. Barona’s bussing program has also been discontinued until further notice.

For additional details about the re-opening plan, visit www.barona.com.

About Barona Resort & Casino

Named “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” by USA TODAY in the 2019 10Best and Best Casino, Loosest Slots and Best Buffet for nine consecutive years in the San Diego Union-Tribune Best of Readers Poll, Barona Resort & Casino is the ultimate gaming entertainment destination. For information, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA.

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Barona Resort & Casino Announces Temporary Closure As A Result of COVID-19
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BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION, Calif. – (March 18, 2020) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians today announced the temporary closure of the Barona Resort & Casino due to the rapidly evolving developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The closure will be effectiveFriday, March 20 at noon and will remain in place until the end of the month.

As a Tribal Government and employer of over 3,000 staff members, we have made the decision to temporarily close Barona for the health and well-being of our staff, players, tribal members and community,” said Tribal Chairman Edwin “Thorpe” Romero. “Barona is our home and our staff members and players are our family. These are unprecedented times and as one united family we will navigate through this pandemic together.”

During this closure, staff members will continue to receive their salary and benefits. Our Barona Fire Department will continue to provide fire safety and EMT service to the community and the Barona Gas Station will also remain open.

Barona will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation based on guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). We will provide updates on Barona’s COVID-19 response through www.barona.com and our social media channels.

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Barona, Campo, Jamul, Sycuan, and Viejas. Jointly Announce Casino Closures in Response to COVID-19 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    

(SAN DIEGO, CA) March 18, 2020 Tribal government leaders of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Campo Kumeyaay Nation, Jamul Indian Village, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians today jointly announced that they are temporarily closing their casinos amid concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) beginning on Friday, March 20 at noon through the end of the month.

The Tribes are united in this decision to close for the health and well-being of the community, their guests and approximately 9,000 employees. Despite this closure, it is their hope that they can continue to provide emergency services for their respective communities.

As uncertainty escalates, the Tribes have determined this is the best course of action. They are following the COVID-19 outbreak as it progresses and will take further necessary precautions as their Tribal governments deem necessary. 

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Barona
Kelly Speer
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Sycuan
Adam Day
619-994-4855
aday@sycuan-nsn.gov

Campo 
Marcus Cuero
619-576-6458
marcuscuero@campo-nsn.gov

Viejas
Tuari Bigknife
619-517-6545
tbigknife@viejas-nsn.gov

Jamul
Scott Bauer
619-315-2292
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Enjoy the Luck of the Irish All March Long at Barona Resort & Casino, the Point Multiplier Capital of the World®
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(SAN DIEGO, CA) March 03, 2020 — Club Barona members can enjoy the luck of the Irish throughout the month of March at Barona Resort & Casino. The Point Multiplier Capital of the World® has a calendar filled with chances to win cash prizes as well as point multiplier days, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Money Machine Madness and much, much more.

  • 7X Points on Sundays: Start the month with 7X Cash Back Points on slots, keno and tables on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Video poker players earn 3X Cash Back Points.
  • TGI Thursdays Rapid Fire: Play for a chance to win $1,000 in cash or Free Play. Winners will be announced every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursdays.
  • Friday Night Live Money Machine Madness: Start your weekend winning on Fridays in March from 2 p.m. to midnight! One Club Barona member will be drawn every 15 minutes to step into the Money Machine and a grab a share of $32,000!
  • Diamond and Platinum Club Barona Party People Events: Party with the Barona Party People to win cash and prizes! Four players will be drawn every 15 minutes to play Party People games. Diamond Club Barona players are invited to play with the Barona Party People on Monday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Tuesday, March 10, both Diamond and Platinum Club Barona players are invited from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Patrick’s Day: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Barona on Tuesday, March 17! The Barona Party People will be on the casino floor with exciting themed games and cash prizes, and Club Barona members who earn 1,000 points will have the opportunity to play a St. Patrick’s Day myView game with Free Play prizes up to $1,000 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Follow the lucky charms all the way to the Party Pit in the Rapid Arena from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. for a chance to win $5,000 worth of prizes.
  • Vietnam Veterans Day: Veterans, active duty and retired service members as well as their spouses can be drawn every 30 minutes to win $500 in cash or Free Play on Sunday, March 29, from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. for Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.

Named “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” by USA TODAY in the 2019 10Best and Best Casino, Loosest Slots and Best Buffet for nine consecutive years in the San Diego Union-Tribune Best of Readers Poll, Barona Resort & Casino is the ultimate gaming entertainment destination.

For promotion details, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA. You can also socialize with Barona on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

A Fun-Filled February Awaits at Barona Resort & Casino, The Point Multiplier Capital of the World®
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A Fun-Filled February Awaits at Barona Resort & Casino,

The Point Multiplier Capital of the World®

(SAN DIEGO, CA) — Barona Resort & Casino invites all casino players, especially those who are football fans and Lunar New Year celebrants, to enjoy a month filled with good luck, extra points and cash prizes. The February fun kicks off at the Point Multiplier Capital of the World® with Lunar New Year cash giveaways and celebrations, a Big Game Party, TGI Thursdays and weekly point multiplier days.

  • Lunar New Year: Barona’s Lunar New Year celebration continues until Feb. 8 with over $518,888 in cash giveaways. Players will also get 8X cash back points on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Big Game Party: Join football fans on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for football-themed Party People games and food giveaways! Get 7X cash back points on slots, keno and tables. Video poker players get 3X cash back points.
  • Lucky 7s: Lucky Club Barona members will win a $777 cash prize from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17. One cash or Free Play winner will be drawn every 7 minutes.
  • TGI Thursdays Free Play Party: One lucky winner will be drawn every 15 minutes for Free Play from $500 to $2,000 on Thursdays, Feb. 13, 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • 7X Cash Back Points on Sunday: On Sunday, Feb. 9, 16 and 23 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., earn 7X cash back points on slots, keno and tables. Video poker players get 3X cash back points.
  • 11X Cash Back Points: From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, earn 11X cash back points on slots, keno and tables. Video poker players get 3X cash back points.
  • Barona’s Party Pit: The Party People are giving away $5,000 in prizes on Thursday, Feb. 13. Join the fun from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.!

Named “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” by USA TODAY in the 2019 10Best and Best Casino, Loosest Slots and Best Buffet for nine consecutive years in the San Diego Union-Tribune Best of Readers Poll, Barona Resort & Casino is the ultimate gaming entertainment destination.

For promotion details, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA. You can also socialize with Barona on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Barona Resort & Casino from January 25 to February 8
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Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Barona Resort & Casino from January 25 to February 8

Welcome the Year of the Rat at San Diego’s Best Casino with over $518,888 in cash giveaways

 (SAN DIEGO, CA) January 9, 2020 – Celebrate new beginnings from January 25 to February 8 at Barona Resort & Casino’s two weeklong Lunar New Year party! The Point Multiplier Capital of the World® will award over $518,888 in cash giveaways, 8X cash back points, Lion and Dragon Dances, Lucky Hong Bao, Party People games, Dragon Alley Bonuses and much more.

“We’re honoring the start of new beginnings and welcoming the Year of the Rat with one of the luckiest celebrations in Southern California,” said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. “Our players will share in the prosperity as we give away over $518,888 in cash.”

Below are highlights of Barona’s Lunar New Year promotions. For complete details, visit www.barona.com.

  • Lucky Seats: On Saturday January 25, February 1 and February 8, one lucky Club Barona member will win $888 every 8 minutes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Lucky Points: Earn 8X cash back points on slots, keno and table games on Tuesday January 28 and February 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Video poker players earn 3X cash back points. Rapid games and live poker are not included.
  • Lucky Drawings: On Thursday January 30 and February 6, winners will be announced at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. One winner will take home $8,888 and eight other lucky Club Barona members will win $888 in each drawing!

While the celebration rings throughout the casino, Barona’s restaurants will serve traditional Chinese cuisine. Members can indulge in Fresh Ginseng Chicken Soup or Short Ribs with Fried-Garlic Salt. Or players can satisfy their seafood cravings with Stir-Fried Lobster with Asparagus and enjoy Eight Treasures Sweet Congee.

Named “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” by USA TODAY in the 2019 10Best and Best Casino, Loosest Slots and Best Buffet for nine consecutive years in the San Diego Union-Tribune Best of Readers Poll, Barona Resort & Casino is the ultimate gaming entertainment destination.

For Lunar New Year details, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA. You can also socialize with Barona on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Club Barona Member Starts the New Year by Hitting One Million Dollar Jackpot
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SAN DIEGO (January 3, 2020) – One lucky Club Barona member kicked off the new year and new decade with an incredible $1,057,317.44 win at Barona Resort & Casino last night. The player hit the gigantic jackpot while playing IGT’s Wheel of Fortune wide area progressive slot machine.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled for the first major jackpot winner of 2020,” said Rick Salinas, general manager of Barona Resort & Casino. “It’s always exciting to have a one million dollar jackpot winner but this was especially exciting to experience because the casino was packed for the Barona Lottery.”

The progressive jackpot winner wasn’t the only winner of the night. It was TGI Thursday Barona Lottery night and the casino was filled with players. Nearly $75,000 was given away for the Barona Lottery and one lucky Club Barona member won $30,000 at the 10 pm drawing.

Named “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” by USA TODAY in the 2019 10Best and Best Casino, Loosest Slots and Best Buffet for nine consecutive years in the San Diego Union-Tribune Best of Readers Poll, Barona Resort & Casino is the ultimate gaming entertainment destination.

For more information, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA. You can also socialize with Barona on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Start 2020 as a Winner at Barona Resort and Casino, The Point Multiplier Capital of the World®
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(SAN DIEGO, CA) – Welcome the New Year—and the new decade—at Barona Resort and Casino in January! The Point Multiplier Capital of the World® has a variety of ways to win, including TGI Thursdays Barona Lottery, $150,000 Football Funday and a two-week long Lunar New Year celebration.

  • TGI Thursdays Barona Lottery: From now to January 23. Drawings will be at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Thursdays. Jackpot always starts at $20,000!
  • 7X Points for Cash Back on Saturdays: Get extra points on January 4, 11 and 18 from 10 am. to 10 p.m.!
  • $150,000 Football Funday: Rush into the New Year and win a share of $150,000 every 30 minutes on Sundays in January from 10 a.m. – 10 pm.!
  • 7X Points on Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Barona will honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day with 7X Points for Cash Back on Monday, January 20 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • VIP Rapid Fire: Diamond Club Barona members will have a chance to win $1,000 cash or free play every 15 minutes on January 13 and 14. Platinum members will have a chance to win on January 14.
  • Lunar New Year: Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Barona with over $518,888 in cash giveaways from January 25 to February 8. Players will also get 8X points on Tuesday, January 28 and February 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Named “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” by USA TODAY in the 2019 10Best and Best Casino, Loosest Slots and Best Buffet for nine consecutive years in the San Diego Union-Tribune Best of Readers Poll, Barona Resort & Casino is the ultimate gaming entertainment destination.

For promotion details, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA. You can also socialize with Barona on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Barona Resort & Casino
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Extra Cash Back Points, TGI Thursdays Lottery, Holiday Hoopla & More (SAN DIEGO, CA) – Barona Resort & Casino, the Point Multiplier Capital of the World®, is announcing more ways to win throughout December. Come out all month long for a variety of chances to win cash and prizes including 10X Cash Back Points, TGI Thursdays Lottery, Holiday Hoopla games and many more exciting events!

  • TGI Thursdays Lottery: Start earning your tickets for Barona’s TGI Thursdays Lottery as early as November 29. And then, from December 5 through January 23, play the Barona Lottery where the jackpot always starts at $20,000. If the winning ticket holder isn’t present, the full amount of the jackpot will roll over to the next drawing until there is a winner.
  • 10X Cash Back Points: On Tuesday December 3, 10, and 17, earn 10X Points on slots and keno. Video poker players earn 3X points.
  • Blinko Bonanza: Every Friday in December from 2pm to midnight, three lucky winners will be drawn every 30 minutes to play Blinko Bonanza for a first place prize of $1,000, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.
  • Holiday Hoopla: Barona Diamond and Platinum members are exclusively invited to participate in Holiday Hoopla from December 23 – 25. Three winners will be chosen every 30 minutes from 10am – 10pm to win up to $2,000 in cash or Free Play.
  • 7X Points: Every Sunday in December from 10am to 10pm, earn 7X Points on slots and keno. Video Poker players get 3X Points.

Named “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” by USA TODAY in the 2019 10Best and “Best Casino,” “Loosest Slots” and “Best Casino Buffet” for nine consecutive years in San Diego’s Best Union-Tribune Readers Poll, Barona Resort & Casino is the ultimate gaming entertainment destination.

For reservations and information, visit www.barona.com or call toll free 888-7-BARONA. You can also connect with Barona on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.