Colorado: Ute Mountain Casino Hotel reopens with safety measures in place Noel Lyn Smith, Farmington Daily Times · August 24, 2020 at 6:59 am During the five months the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel has been closed, it has undergone thorough cleaning and put into effect enhanced safety measures to welcome back guests. “We’ve been sanitizing and cleaning and shampooing for five months,” General Manager Rick Scheer said of the facility, which houses the 90-room hotel, casino, restaurant and gift shop. Scheer talked on Aug. 19 about reopening the establishment, an enterprise of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, during the soft opening for tribal members that day. It opened to the public on Aug. 20. The process to reopen was a mixed bag of following regulations, utilizing guidelines for public health and safety standards and communicating with other casino operators nationwide about best methods and practices for operating in a COVID-19 world, Scheer said.