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Rolling Hills Casino reopens after 2 months of closure

Tribal leaders decided to reopen after checking with its clinics about putting [WHO and CDC] guidelines in place.

Posted: May 21, 2020 6:35 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 8:50 AM

CORNING, Calif. - Rolling Hills Casino and Resort opened its doors for the first time in more than two months and showed Action News Now its new safety measures.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are,” said General Manager Steve Neely. “It’s been a long road, but just seeing the faces of all our employees this morning as we were getting ready and seeing the customers getting excited to be back.”

Tribal leaders decided to reopen after checking with their clinics about putting [WHO and CDC] guidelines in place.

“I feel very safe here,” said customer Brittney Bradford. “I would suggest it and it feels good just to get out and spend a little money, you can’t take it with you might as well have a little fun before we go.”

The casino invested in hospital-grade technology like U.V. lights and ozone ionizers. It also increased the air filtration system to completely replenish the air inside every four and a half minutes.

“We also took advantage of the technology we already have and repurposed it,” said Neely. “We have a dispatch system that our slot department uses to be notified when someone hits the jackpot, well that same technology allowed us to utilize it for our housekeeping staff so when someone gets up from a game, they are alerted that that game needs to be clean.”

Before you can walk into the casino they’re checking everyone’s temperature and won’t let people in if they have a temperature 100.4 or higher.

“It was very important to us to get people back on payroll and get them back in motion and provide a place for people to get out of their house instead of chasing their dog around the yard,” said Neely.

The casino employs 500 people and says 400 of them have been tested and are back at work.

“Our goal is to make it safer and to do everything we can, and I think we have gone above and beyond what’s normal right now and we feel really good about that,” said Neely.

The tribe opened up its casino, golf course, restaurant, convenient store, and hotel. It says its table games are closed as well as the bar.

The general manager says customers can still buy alcohol, but it must be purchased with a meal.

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