‘Dreamt of this moment’: Reopening day is here for six casinos around the Coachella Valley Risa Johnson and Andrew L. John, Palm Springs Desert Sun · May 22, 2020 at 3:18 pm Six casinos in or near the Coachella Valley are opening their doors Friday to guests who are ready to gamble on slot machines and card games, despite a request from Gov. Gavin Newsom to stay closed. Newsom sent a letter to California tribes on May 15 urging them not to reopen their gaming facilities. But tribes are sovereign nations and don’t have to follow local or state stay-at-home orders. Casinos are considered higher-risk workplaces because of the volume of people they bring in and fall under Stage 3 of the governor’s reopening plan. Other businesses in Stage 3 have not been allowed to reopen yet.