NORTH SIOUX CITY, South Dakota (KTIV) - A local business has chosen to temporarily end all operations at its facility for the safety of the employees and community.
Beano and Sherry's Casinos in North Sioux City, South Dakota, offers food, and entertainment, but won't be for a while, to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
Owner Kimberly Luken closed the doors to her business, Beano & Sherry's Casinos, in North Sioux City, South Dakota, which includes two neighboring businesses, Reno 4 Aces Casino and Outlaws Casino.
She says she made the decision after casinos were shut down in Iowa, and people flocked to her facilities.
"I had a lot of concern for my employees and customers," said Kimberly Luken.
Luken says, the size of the building, and the number of people who were coming in made it hard to follow the guidelines set by the CDC.
Requirements such as using social distancing, and sanitizing frequently-touched areas was impossible.
She says at first, she did not want to close the doors, to ensure her employees would still get a paycheck at the end of the week.
"I have over 50 employees and I was concerned about them and whatnot, and if any of them had any concerns about safety or whatever I let them be done," said Luken.
But with the situation getting worse, she says she made the tough choice to temporarily close the doors.
"I was just torn one way after another, said Luken. "But this is a little bit of a different situation because its about health and passing things on and I just felt that I had to do what I had to do".
Instead of continuing off-site services for the restaurant part of her business, Luken donated all her food to the soup kitchen.
"I feel there is a lot of people that are worse off than we are and I felt like they needed it, and I would like to pay it forward and you know just do what I can," sais Luken.
Luken says there is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now but does know Beano & Sherry's will come back stronger than ever when it's safe to open the doors again.
Luken says she has also put together packets for her employees with information about how to get help financially, including cashing out their vacation days.