River Rock Casino revamps safety measures and feeds families amid pandemic

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The effects of coronavirus have been felt around Sonoma County and the broader Bay Area.

Amid the pandemic, River Rock Casino has stepped up, revamping safety measures and helping feed families in the area.

The casino has officially reopened with a keen eye on safety regulations, closely monitoring virus guidelines put forth by WHO, CDC, OSHA, state and local agencies.

On its website, River Rock Casino has outlined a full-fledged COVID-19 Health Safety Program, listing changes to its facilities in the wake of COVID.

New safety measures inside River Rock Casino facilities

One of the biggest changes: there will be no smoking permitted in the casino until further notice. Additionally, extensive fogging disinfection was performed on the facilities prior to reopening.

New employee protocols require that workers have their temperatures checked before each shift, and that they wear masks at all times.

Guests must also have their temperatures taken at all times before entering the casino. They will be turned around for a temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

When it comes to the facilities, River Rock has cut occupancy in half, and all guests are counted as they enter to ensure limits are maintained.

Clear Plexiglass shields have been installed between 95% of slot machines and table games to ensure players feel safe.

Dining will also be limited to the casino’s Valley Deck, which, in addition to ensuring safety, offers guests a broad view of Alexander Valley.

Feeding families in the area

River Rock is also coordinating an effort to feed community members impacted by COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Tim Wilcox, the casino’s food and beverage director, oversaw an initiative that donated 1,000 cookies to Sonoma Family Meal, before they were distributed at the Healdsburg Community Center. Run by Corazon Healdsburg, the center has distributed food to area residents since the pandemic began.

The effort has come as the casino has an excess of ingredients available for donation, but very few nonprofits are doing any actual cooking.

During the shutdown, Wilcox also worked closely with the Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa to donate a pallet of fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh chow mein noodles.

This article is sponsored by River Rock Casino. To learn more about the establishment and its safety measures during COVID-19, visit the River Rock Casino website.