The Commerce Hotel & Casino board announced Wednesday it will pay all employees and maintain their health benefits throughout the casino’s closure due to the coronvirus pandemic.

“In this uncertain time, all companies must act with compassion and care for their employees,” according to a statement from the casino. “We first opened our doors in 1983 and have weathered many storms by keeping our focus on the well-being of employees, patrons and the community.

“We are invested in the health and safety of the communities we are fortunate enough to be a part of, and we know that we are always stronger together. Like the rest of the nation, we look forward to working through this crisis.”

Casino employees will receive their base pay throughout the closure, along with health benefits, according to the casino.

The casino voluntarily closed March 14, prior to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandate for non-essential businesses to close.

“When we took action to close, we said that every business should put public health and the safety of people above profits,” according to the casino. “We understand that our employees who are staying at home are concerned about their future and must navigate the unknown. The national crisis is continually evolving, and we are committed to supporting our employees as best as possible while doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

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