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Prairie Meadows Casino closes its doors to prevent coronavirus spread

In this photo taken March 8, 2010, the Prairie Meadows Casino sign is shown in Altoona, Iowa....
In this photo taken March 8, 2010, the Prairie Meadows Casino sign is shown in Altoona, Iowa. Faced with a drop in gambling revenue, states are adding games, considering new casinos and increasing lottery options to keep their cut of the profits rolling in. Iowa already has 17 state-licensed casinos, and Gov. Chet Culver recommended this month that the state approve four more, citing the potential for new jobs. (AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt)(KCRG)
Published: Mar. 16, 2020 at 11:56 AM CDT
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Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel in Altoona said it will close its doors during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The decision came Monday from the casino's board.

The closure will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, according to an announcement on the casino's website.

Prairie Meadows officials said all employees and staff will be paid full salary, wages and benefits for the next 30 days. If the shutdown lasts longer, Prairie Meadows will evaluate the compensation plan at that time.