California Governor Forces Cardrooms to Close Again due to Covid-19

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Wednesday that some of the largest cardrooms in California will be closed for around three weeks due to the coronavirus. As the virus remains an issue, the governor chose to restrict certain activities in several counties. Just one day this past week, the state saw 6,000 new cases.

Cardrooms made it on the list of businesses that will not be allowed to operate until the governor says it is safe to do so. There is now a temporary ban on restaurants when it comes to dining in as well as bars and wineries.

With the order, several cardrooms will not be able to offer services for a few weeks. Included in the venues that are shut down are Stones Gambling Hall, Commerce Casino, The Gardens Casino, Bicycle Casino, Hollywood Park Casino and Bay 101 Casino.

Commerce Casino announced on Twitter that they were closed due to the governor’s order and would hold cage transactions for two days next week, July 7 and 8. The cages will only be open from 11 to 4 each day to conduct transactions. The casino said they will update patrons as they are given information on any legal changes.

Tribal casinos in the state do not have to adhere to the restrictions by the state. San Diego County is not on the list of the shut down of activities so the Seven Mile Casino and the Oceans Eleven Casino will be able to continue to offer services.

For some of the cardrooms, they were only reopened just a few days before they were forced to close again. Guests who did visit the cardrooms and the tribal casinos were required to wear masks and poker games were spread thinner than normal to help with social distancing requirements.

Once the three week time period has come to an end, the governor will reevaluate the coronavirus situation. If it appears to have slowed down, the governor should agree to allow the venues to reopen.   

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