FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Contact: Jimmy Centers, Cornerstone Public Affairs
Prairie Flower Casino set to reopen June 1st with enhanced health safeguards in place
Casino will open at 10:00 a.m. and will operate 50 percent of total gaming positions
(Carter Lake, Iowa) – The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska today announced that Prairie Flower Casino, located on sovereign Tribal land in Carter Lake, Iowa, will reopen at 10am on Monday, June 1, 2020, following a voluntary temporary closure amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The opening comes after the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Prairie Flower Casino management implemented changes at the casino to further protect guests’ health and safety.
Health safeguards at Prairie Flower Casino include:
1. Limiting operations to 50 percent of total gaming positions in order to encourage social distancing
2. Temperature checks of all individuals (guests, employees, vendors, etc.), before entering the casino building, are required
3. An approved facemask is required to be worn by all individuals
4. Temporary 100 percent smoke-free environment with no smoking or vaping allowed inside the casino
5. Hand sanitation station locations inside the casino were increased
6. Individuals are encouraged to wash their hands at newly installed hand-washing stations before entering the casino
7. Social distancing is encouraged by removing tables and chairs from the restaurant area, closing self-serve beverage stations and temporarily deactivating selected gaming positions
8. Enhanced cleaning measures were implemented in high-touch and high-traffic areas
9. All surfaces are sanitized at regular intervals and deep cleaned nightly
As an additional safety measure, The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Ponca Health Services (PHS) will frequently inspect the Prairie Flower Casino to ensure the casino is meeting and exceeding CDC health safety guidelines.
1. Reviewing temperature exception logs (employee, patron, and vendor)
2. Checking sanitation of building, equipment, and facilities
3. Inspecting food and beverage areas
4. Spot checking guest casino admission procedures
5. Assessing social distancing practices
Prairie Flower Casino will assess the situation on a regular basis and, in consultation with health professionals, make any adjustments to our operating plan accordingly.
“The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s proactive decision to temporarily close the Prairie Flower Casino amid the coronavirus pandemic was based solely on protecting the health and safety of our guests and staff,” Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Chairman Larry Wright, Jr. said. “From the moment we closed, our exceptional casino staff used the time to deep clean the entire building and prepare the entire facility for a safe reopening. We’re eager to welcome our loyal guests back and are committed to taking the necessary steps to maintain a healthy environment for entertainment.”
The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska was also able to allow all Prairie Flower Casino employees to keep their health insurance during the temporary closure and used some casino staff to deliver essential Tribal services, like preparing and delivering meals to Tribal elders.
For more information on the Prairie Flower Casino or to read answers to frequently asked questions related to the temporary closure, please visit www.PrairieFlowerCasino.com.