When will casinos reopen in Washington? Tribal governments weigh their options amid coronavirus Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times · May 5, 2020 at 7:30 am Tribal governments across the region shut down their casinos in mid-March because of the novel coronavirus pandemic — shutting off a major source of money for tribal governments, and killing jobs. Now as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee considers how to reopen the state’s economy, so too are tribal governments weighing when, and how much, to reopen their casinos, which generate more than $2 billion a year in revenues. The economic pain of the casino shutdown matters beyond reservation borders. Tribes employ more people in Washington than Starbucks or Costco Wholesale, more than Safeway and Albertsons, more than Walmart. More than King County government, and more than Fred Meyer, according to a study for the Washington Indian Gaming Association by economist Jonathan Taylor.