Local casinos being cautious amid coronavirus outbreak

Rolling Hills Casino in Corning is open amid coronavirus concerns and workers are taking steps to keep guests safe.

Posted: Mar 15, 2020 5:56 PM
Updated: Mar 15, 2020 9:22 PM

CORNING, Calif.- Casinos across the country are choosing to shut down as coronavirus concerns continue. However, one casino here at home is still open and is going the extra mile to keep guests safe. 

Rolling Hills Casino in Corning remains open despite the coronavirus.

The casino’s general manager, Steve Neely, says the biggest impact is the fear of the unknown.“A lot of the customers and employees are just uncertain about what’s happening, what’s going to happen next and are we doing the right thing by taking the steps that we are taking," Neely said.

The casino is taking steps like keeping doors propped open, so that people can walk in without touching door handles. They are also requiring everyone to sanitize their hands before entering their food buffet and they have eliminated self-serving. The casino has also shut off every other slot machine for social distancing and have dozens of hand sanitizing stations all around.

However, not everyone is happy with the changes.

Robert Michael, from Corning says, “To me they’re doing too much. They’re looking out for the safety of people but they have half the machines turned off.”

Pearl and Gloria Desoto say all of the changes are making them feel safer. Pearl says, “They’re very cautious and they’re wiping down all their machines and all of that.”

The casino still sees hundreds of people a day even after Governor Newsom suggested banning gatherings of 250 people or more.
“The other part of what he’s asking for, is to make sure people have enough space between them, we have a large facility with enough room for people to get around we also have a state of the art ventilation system so we actually pull the particulates from sneezes and coughs out of our ventilation system and replace it with the outside air,” Neely said.

He also says their machines are constantly getting cleaned throughout the day.

The casino doesn't plan on closing anytime soon but workers are aware that things could change. 

Neely adds, “We’re always going to do what’s best for our employees and the community at large and at this point we feel that the way we are acting is appropriate.”

Rolling Hills Casino is located at 2655 Everett Freeman Way in Corning and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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