Boyd Gaming has announced that its Valley Forge Casino Resort will be temporarily closed following a directive issued by Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.
It follows that Wolf is ordering the closure of all public schools, entertainment centres and community centres in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, as a precautionary measure due to local COVID-19 events, expecting that the properties will stay shut until Friday 27 March.
Stressing that no incidents were identified at Valley Forge, Boyd said in a statement to the media: “The safety and well-being of our team members and customers is our utmost priority. Starting in February, Boyd Gaming has been following stringent CDC-recommended protocols at its properties nationwide, including frequent hand washing by team members, increased placement of hand sanitisers and increased sanitation of frequently-touched surfaces.
“The company has been advising all team members who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to go home immediately and contact their health care professional.”
Wynn Resorts has announced security system and policy enhancements related to the COVID-19 pandemic elsewhere, a week after the launch of organisational improvements intended to keep guests and staff safe.
Stressing that the organisation has acknowledged the need to make structural changes in the organisation, Wynn has set up paid sick days for any workers that might need quarantine from a physician.
Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox has explained: “Every scientific and health authority I’ve spoken to has focused on the need for social distancing, which is to say, creating sufficient space between each of us to impede the spread of the coronavirus. This isn’t simply a good idea; it is essential, and not forever, but certainly for now.
“Consequently, Wynn Resorts, beginning throughout this weekend, will temporarily cancel all large entertainment gatherings. This includes our buffets, nightclubs and theaters in Las Vegas and Boston. We are going to continue to pay our full-time employees that work in these spaces. We will monitor the situation to determine any additional action that may be required.
“In addition, we will be screening for temperature using non-invasive thermal cameras at all our entrances. In our gaming areas and dining establishments, we will create appropriate distancing between guests at gaming devices and dining tables, while still delivering the service levels our guests expect and deserve.”
Churchill Downs Incorporated also announced that, in the light of public health issues about COVID-19, all remaining races of the winter / spring race of Turfway Park will meet spectator-free until 28 March with the participation of only critical personnel, horsemen, owners, minimal family and media.
“The safety and health of guests, employees and participants remain of primary concern and the team at Turfway Park will continue to take every precaution to ensure the comfort and safety of those in attendance,” it was said in a statement.