Prairie Meadows opens table games Wednesday

    Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino is located in Altoona, east of Des Moines, Ia. (Photo courtesy of Prairie Meadows)

    Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino will reopen table games Wednesday for those who will wear a mask or other face covering and observe social distancing.

    The casino announced its blackjack, roulette and other table games will be open. They had been suspended during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Poker is still suspended.

    Prairie Meadows’ health guidelines include requiring patrons to wear masks or other face covering, either one of their own or one from the casino’s supply. Visitors will have their temperature taken and will be asked to leave, along with their party, if the reading is 100.4 degrees or above.

    All visitors must enter the main entrance. The casino will limit the number of people in confined areas to retain distancing. Entertainment events are suspended, casino hours are reduced and some dining areas will be closed.

    The casino will be cleaned regularly.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.