In an effort to make the Turning Stone Resort and Casino a safer place, they’re now implementing a temporary non-smoking ban and a 100% face covering policy throughout the gaming floors. Residents from 22 States reporting high infection numbers will not be permitted to enter any of the venues. Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. Vice President of Communications Joel Barkin explains how they plan to implement the new requirements.
"We have thousands of employees that have been deputized if you will, to work on enforcement. It’s a job that everyone is responsible for."
WKTV has received phone calls and emails reporting mask and social distance violations at the Turning Stone Casino, and although recording wasn’t permitted on the gaming room floor, a few mask violations were observed. The vast majority of people were wearing masks properly, and the only place social distancing wasn’t being enforced is at the card tables.
"The vast majority of our guests have been very compliant and accommodating, and they understand. They want to stay safe. They want to be healthy. This is a mutual benefit to everyone, but of course there’s going to be some people who are more difficult about it, and we’ve had to take more dramatic actions against them."
Any employee that has direct contact with a guest is now required to wear gloves. The employees are bused in staggered for proper social distancing, and have to go through an extensive screening process before starting work.
"That involves temperature checks, it involves a series of questions about whether they have been in contact with anyone with the virus or have any symptoms of the virus, so that’s something that our employees are required to do every day before coming in to work."
There are going to be some people that don’t follow the rules, but it does appear the Turning Stone is using all the best safety practices to prevent the spread of COVID 19.