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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 23-29, 2020 LINCOLN 3 LINCOLN – A day at Twin River Casino will be a different experience now after the casino re-opened to the general public on June 30 under a strict set of coronavirus prevention protocols after several months offline. To start, guests must enter through one of two entrances and immediate- ly head over to a temperature check area where thermal imaging technol- ogy captures their temperature and a photo of their face. Those with- out a fever are routed back to the lobby, where security personnel scan patrons' IDs. Those with a tempera- ture above 100.4 immediately exit the facility through an isolated exit. There are signs posted throughout the casino asking guests to practice social distancing and to wear a mask, and a rack of free masks is available at the entrance. Craig Sculos, Twin River's vice president and general manager, said the casino has a total of 110 table games, but they're operating about 30. Slot machines are down from roughly 1,800 to 41. Table game players are separated from each other and from the dealer by plexiglass panes, and most of the casino's slot machines are turned off to ensure people maintain 6 feet of distance. "Everything is operating at about one-third," he said, including capac- ity. "Most days we only open the first floor." Sculos said Twin River "hasn't even come close" to exceeding the state's maximum capacity of 3,400 patrons at any given time. He said the casino's initial invite- only re-opening on June 8 gave employees the opportunity to get used to their new work conditions. "We tried to learn from other casinos in our network and really implement best practices," he said. When they opened their doors to the general public on June 30, Sculos said, "It was great to see staff saying hello to patrons they've built rela- tionships with." The casino's hours have been adjusted from 24/7 to 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. to allow for overnight cleaning. They've also purchased an electro- static cleaning device to deep clean every nook and cranny. There are hand sanitizer dispens- ers and wipes located throughout the facility. Sit-down restaurants inside the casino are not currently open, but Sculos said they're looking to re-open at least one by the end of the month. The Twin River Hotel remains closed, and all shows and con- certs have been canceled for 2020. Perhaps the most stunning visual of the changes the casino has under- gone is inside the event center, which is now filled with thousands of chairs that were removed from the casino floor to allow for social distancing. Sculos said concerts would likely begin again in 2021 as soon as the state allows for large indoor gather- ings. "Right now we're postponing events until after the New Year," Sculos said. There is no smoking allowed throughout the entire facility, and masks are mandatory at all times. Patrons who do not comply with the state's guidelines will be observed and corrected quickly by staff or security cameras located throughout the facility. "Our intent is to make this as safe an environment as possible," he said. Twin River adjusts to new guidelines By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTOS BY NICOLE DOTZENROD TWIN RIVER CASINO, in Lincoln's event center, is currently being used as storage to house thou- sands of chairs removed from the casino floor to allow for required social distancing. Below, plexi- glass now separates table game players from each other and employees at the Lincoln casino. got a news tip? Call 401-334-9555, ext. 122 Or e-mail it to 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT Starting at $ 89.95 RI State Inspection $55 WE'RE OPEN FOR ALL YOUR SERVICE NEEDS 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika WE BUY CARS NOW CARRYING… Falken Tires! FREE 2 Year Road Hazard Warranty. Pass/LT 2013 F150 CrEW CAb, XTr Loaded, 72K miles $ 21,495 THINK SPrING! Have your vehicle checked before Summer Travel AC SErvICE

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