State’s Casinos Shut Down Due To Coronavirus

Larchwood, Iowa — The state’s casinos are only one of the many venues that are being closed down temporarily due to coronavirus, according to Governor Kim Reynolds’ emergency proclamation.

Officials at Grand Falls Casino and Resort say that they believe their staff is their greatest asset and they will continue to pay their employees during the time of this closure. Grand Falls’ parent company, Elite Casino Resorts says it will also maintain existing employees’ benefits, for individuals who are on their health plans and impacted by this temporary closure.

Elite says they have been actively monitoring the coronavirus situation on an hour-by-hour basis over the past several weeks. Their management team established a multi-phase reaction plan that increased the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing the high-contact areas, made hand sanitizer available to customers and closely monitored recommendations from the WHO and the CDC. They say their goal is to take a measured, appropriate response as the situation progresses.

Elite’s statement says, “The impact to our employees, their families, our communities, and operations is serious and we have an obligation to support the necessary actions to flatten out the infection curve. We will continue to review the evolving situation in the upcoming weeks and will be ready to welcome back the guests who visit our resorts. They will be greeted by our most remarkable employees. We encourage all of our customers and staff to continue to monitor the CDC recommendations. Customers may stay up to date by following our property websites and social media pages.”

Many other organizations have passed along closure information or visitor restrictions. Our best advice is that with the possible exception of grocery stores, you should probably call ahead to make sure your destination is open and accepting visitors. You should probably expect to do that for the next four weeks so you don’t encounter a locked door.



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