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Cherokee Nation Businesses extend closures amid power-grid challenges

Posted at 10:19 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 10:27:14-05

TULSA, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Businesses announced Monday it is temporarily suspending business operations to assist with the power-grid challenges facing the Midwest.

The company said closures began Monday, Feb. 15, at 5 p.m. and it originally planned to reopen casinos at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Officials extended the closure through Friday.

“CNB has built a reputation for making tough decisions for the right reasons, and that legacy will continue today as we put the needs of our communities ahead of our business goals,” said Chuck Garrett, CEO of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “As an industry leader, we hope we can inspire other businesses throughout the region to join us as we plan, prepare and proceed through the next few days of inclement weather.”

According to the company, temporary operational shutdowns include all nine Cherokee Casino properties, Hard Rock Tulsa, and other business, retail and cultural sites. Officials said all employees who were scheduled to work during this time will be paid for their shifts.

The Roland Travel Plaza will remain open 24 hours to serve the community with emergency needs and the Tahlequah Outpost will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The company said the reopening date and time are subject to change as CNB evaluates weather and energy conditions.

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