EVERETT (CBS) — Encore Boston Harbor is taking new steps in response to the coronavirus. The Everett hotel and casino has announced it will soon start taking the temperature of people coming through its doors who might be sick.

“We will soon begin temperature screening guests and employees entering our resort,” Encore said in a statement.

The casino later clarified that it will be taking the temperatures of guests “who are exhibiting symptoms of illness – coughing, sneezing, sweating, etc.”

“With their permission, we are discretely taking their temperature with a non-contact, digital thermometer,” Encore said. “Guests with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to leave our property and encouraged to seek medical attention for further screening or treatment.”

The casino also said it is increasing cleaning throughout the casino.

“We are sanitizing our slot machines, kiosks, ATMs, and all high touch points throughout the gaming floor on an hourly basis,” Encore said. “All of our gaming supplies (eg, chips, dice, cards) are cleaned, refreshed or discarded every 4 hours.”

There will doctors on call for anyone feeling sick. Employees are to stay home “at the first sign of unwellness” and will be provided with access to healthcare.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as total number of positive coronavirus tests rose to 92 cases.

Comments (11)
  1. Denise Smith says:

    I have heard that Encore Casino is not taking precautions on the Coronovirus and not provided their employees with sanitary environment to work. Not providing gloves to clean machines, etc. Outrageous, will not go back!

  2. A J says:

    TRUMP AND THE GOP ARE A DANGER TO ALL OF US!…It is Trump’s fault he cut the budget and fired key CDC players back in 2018! Trump has and keeps down playing, even to this day, so STOP BLAMING CHINA, IT’S HERE AND TRUMP & GOP ARE NOT DEALING WITH IT, INSTEAD TRUMP BLAMES OTHERS FOR HIS OWN DOWNFALLS AND DOINGS! U.S, Italy, Iran Have The Deadly forum of C-19. Trump really is the most incompetent President this nation has ever had known. TRUMP.. UNSTABLE NON-GENIUS NARCISSIST KNOWN LIAR! American Hospital Association “Best Guess Epidemiology” for @ over next 2 months: 96,000,000 infections 4,800,000 hospitalizations 1,900,000 ICU admissions 480,000 deaths vs flu in 2019: 35,500,000 infections 490,600 hospitalizations 49,000 ICU admissions 34,200 deaths ……This is not “the flu”, “a flu”, or any type of flu! Coronavirus and Influenza are two entirely different viruses. People don’t freak out about getting the flu, because it has been around forever, we know how it works, and how it is treated. The population has antibodies to most flu strains, herd immunity, vaccines, etc… This Coronavirus is a new (novel) virus, that has never been in the human population. We don’t have any antibodies, no herd immunity, no treatment, no vaccines. We don’t even know how this virus really works, the incubation period, the way it’s spread, are all still very much unknowns. The virus has mutated multiple times already and will likely continue to do so. That is why people are concerned, and why such extreme measures are being deployed to slow the spread of the virus. Panicking doesn’t help, pretending its just a flu doesn’t either…The Trump administration fired the U.S. pandemic response team in 2018 to cut costs.! Amid warnings from public health officials that a 2020 outbreak of a new coronavirus could soon become a pandemic involving the U.S., alarmed readers asked Snopes to verify a rumor that U.S. President Donald Trump had “fired the entire pandemic response team two years ago and then didn’t replace them.” The claim came from a series of tweets posted by Judd Legum, who runs Popular Information, a newsletter he describes as being about “politics and power.” Legum’s commentary was representative of sharp criticism from Democratic legislators (and some Republicans) that the Trump administration had ill-prepared the country for a pandemic even as one was looming on the horizon.https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-fire-pandemic-team/

    1. HelloYoohooImCaptainBobaroo says:

      What kind of mindless drivel is this? You sound like a 3 year old having a melt down.

    2. Brad Brit says:

      LOL Snopes. What a fool!

  3. Ginger Li says:

    Stopped reading after the first several words – what a poltroon (maroon as well)! Panic Monger – TDS on full display! We need open borders!

  4. dwstick1 says:

    Will they take the temp orally or rectally?

  5. Brad Brit says:

    What’s taking temperatures going to prevent when the virus doesn’t show symptoms for 14 days and can be transmitted during those 14 days?
    Encore Boston Harbor Casino only cares about Encore Boston Harbor Casino!

    1. M A R 100 says:

      Absolutely, its all about profit, stock price and shareholder value. Expect the bottom to fall out of hospitality industry just like in the great recession.

  6. M A R 100 says:

    First the Communist Chinese Leadership kept the virus secret from the world. Wuhan Virus surfaced in December 2019, it was 20 January2020 before anyone was told and information passed to the world. (REUTERS, 02-29-20). Where is the world indignation directed towards the Communist Chinese? Taking the temperature of casino patrons is a public relations eye wash and will solve nothing. Real corporate concern would be to shut down their operation until this is over.

  7. Doug Ferguson says:

    First of all (and finally), it’s not legal to perform a medical procedure without consent.

  8. Jeff says:

    Why not use a laser thermometer and take temperatures from afar. If you get a positive result, then approach the guest

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