Larchwood, Iowa — On Tuesday, Governor Kim Reynolds announced that in addition to other establishments, casinos would be allowed to re-open on Monday, June 1st. We now have a little information from Grand Falls Casino Resort near Larchwood about what their re-opening is going to look like.
According to Grand Falls’ Marketing Manager Kelly Heth, in accordance with the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Department of Inspection and Appeals and the CDC guidelines, Elite Casino Resorts’ Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort plans to re-open casino operations to the public on Monday, June 1st at 6 a.m., pending approval by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
Heth says that Betfred Sports and the Sportsbook Bar & Grill will also open when the casino re-opens. Additionally, customers can sign up for ELITE Sportsbook accounts at the Resort Club starting on June 1st.
The casino has been closed since a voluntary closure on March 16th, one day before the Governor issued the mandatory closure of a number of entities, including casinos.
According to Heth, the hotel, The Spa, Ruthie’s Steak & Seafood, Big Drop Café, retail outlets, golf shop, and The Falls Golf Course are already open and are available to visitors. Big Drop Café is now offering added breakfast selections and a modified menu. Some outlets or services will remain closed and some will be modified as required by the Governor’s proclamation and state public health guidelines.
Sharon Haselhoff, General Manager of Grand Falls says, “We are looking forward to welcoming our guests back to Grand Falls. We’ve enhanced our already stringent cleaning regimen and placed signage to keep everyone mindful of social distancing and other CDC and Health Department guidelines. We are ready to provide a great experience for our guests in a clean and safe environment.”
Haselhoff also adds that when the closure happened, they were able to donate a number of perishable food items to a number of area food banks.
Meanwhile, Haselhoff says that they are adding 66 hotel rooms to their resort, bringing the total to 163 rooms. Construction started last fall. They are also adding on to their RV park. Originally, the opening date was to have been this past weekend over the Memorial Day weekend. Haselhoff says a few delays have kept that from happening.
(as said:) “It’ll definitely be ready to go this summer. But the exact time is still up in the air. You know, obviously depending upon with product and stuff can arrive, due to what’s going on in the country, you know, some areas are shut down which you know, definitely impacts product being able to arrive on site. So we’re hopeful and know we will be ready at some point this summer just not exactly sure when yet.”
For more information on what services will be available and which ones won’t yet, they encourage you to visit their website at www.grandfallscasinoresort.com