Mitigation Initiatives Extended at Prairie Meadows

December 30, 2020 – Altoona, IA. Prairie Meadows will extend its current mitigation initiatives to continue doing their part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Prairie Meadows continued safety measures include:

  • Temporary suspension of all forms of smoking on property for both guests and employees to ensure masks are worn properly for longer periods of time, optimizing personal safety.
  •  Food may only be eaten in designated areas. AJ’s Steakhouse, tables in the Finish Line Show Lounge, at the Paddock Grill & Deli, as well as tiered seating near the Paddock are areas where guests may eat.
  • Face masks are required to be worn at all times. Entry points have been reduced so staff can monitor guests to ensure everyone has a proper face covering upon entering. Face shields, neck gaiters, and masks with vents will not be permitted.
  • 100% of the air is exchanged every 15 minutes through a two-stage filtration process that includes an anti-microbial treatment.
  • High-grade disinfectants and electrostatic sprayers are used on a rigorous cleaning schedule to sanitize the property daily.

“We believe these mitigation efforts will aid in the overall community response to slowing the spread of COVID 19,” said Gary Palmer, President/CEO of Prairie Meadows. “We are optimistic about what lies ahead for our future and the great things to come in 2021,” added Palmer. 

To review Prairie Meadows entire health and safety measures plan, visit

About Prairie Meadows

Prairie Meadows began operations as a nonprofit organization in 1989 with the goal of promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism in the state of Iowa. Through taxes, grants, and charitable donations, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.9 billion to the state of Iowa, Polk County, City of Altoona, City of Des Moines, and Polk County Schools, and numerous other local and state charities. Prairie Meadows offers slot machines, table games, sports wagering, live and simulcast racing, hotel accommodations, entertainment, and more.



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