Iowa: Prairie Meadows lays off 1,100 in response to coronavirus Hollie Schlesselman, We Are Iowa · April 27, 2020 at 9:25 pm Over 1,100 Prairie Meadows employees will be laid off starting May 3 because of COVID-19. A release from the casino states that they announced the information to employees last week. The company will layoff a total of 1,130 employees. 73 employees will stay on to oversee management, preservation and maintenance of the facility during the shutdown period. The Prairie Meadows Board of Directors and executive team directed the property to close on March 16.