(Albuquerque) – Route 66 Casino Hotel is now open on a limited basis according to General Manager Adrian Fox. The full-service casino, hotel, restaurant and entertainment operation reopened its doors on Thursday February 11, 2021.

Under the initial reopening the casino will offer slot machines, sports betting, a snack bar with a select menu, and limited beverage service. The Route 66 Hotel and the Route 66 RV Resort are now open with a maximum capacity of 25%. Table Games, Bingo, all restaurants and Legends Theater will remain closed until further notice.

While announcing the reopening Fox said, “We have worked closely with the Pueblo of Laguna to ensure we are doing everything possible to protect the health and safety of our guests, employees and the community. We have adopted a clear, consistent policy for everyone entering the property to adhere to health and safety protocols. Guests and employees will be required to follow a strict Code of Conduct.”

Guests temperatures will be checked at the door, face masks will be required and there will be no smoking inside the building. An outdoor smoking area is available.

Route 66 had been closed since October 24, 2020 and has continued to work closely with officials at the Pueblo of Laguna in preparation for the eventual reopening. Both the Route 66 parent company, Laguna Development Corporation (LDC) and the Pueblo of Laguna Emergency Operations Command has implemented and consistently upgraded its COVID Safe Practices (CSP’s) during the last several months.

LDC President/CEO Maxine Velasquez said, “We have carefully followed the guidance of Pueblo, state and federal officials to partially open this important part of our business and restore 270 jobs. The LDC and Route 66 teams have done an extraordinary job in preparing to safely reopen on a limited basis.”

Velasquez went on to say, “We will continue to evaluate all our operations on a daily basis to ensure the strict implementation of health and safety protocols while planning for gradually expanding the scope of products and services available.”