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Cardroom Safety and Coronavirus


On June 5, California’s Governor issued State guidelines for the re-opening of california cardrooms. The guidelines address sanitizing, hand washing, distancing or alternative measures such as plexiglass barriers, the wearing of masks, and other safety procedures. Before re-opening, cardrooms will need to be in a County that has met State readiness requirements, need to develop written safety plans, and coordinate their opening with local public health orders.

Under the guidelines and local public health orders, what will the experience be like for our customers?

At least at the beginning, customers will have temperature checks and wear masks. The cardroom games also may look different. There may be plexiglass barriers, and movement around the cardroom may be subject to marked lanes. It may be difficult to operate short-handed poker games with only a few players per table, so poker games may not open immediately. Some games may be dealt face up so players don’t have to touch their cards. And don’t be surprised if the game mix changes and there are new games to try that are easier to operate under the new procedures.

Of course any procedures will be subject to public health orders and guidance, which may change over time. But hopefully our customers will understand and become accustomed to the new procedures, as well as exploring new games.

The new health and safety protocols may initially include:

  • Temperature checks
  • Using masks
  • Hand washing and sanitizing
  • New cleaning procedures before a customer takes a chair
  • Removing chairs or using plexiglass partitions between seats
  • New air systems that kill many germs
  • Health checks on employees
  • New procedures for signing up, waiting for a seat or using the cage
  • Food service changes
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When Will California Cardrooms Open?

When will California Card Rooms Reopen?

UPDATE:  Many California Card Rooms are open again, most often with outdoor facilities.  The California Grand Casino is OPEN in our outdoor facility, with Texas Hold ‘Em, Pai Gow Poker, Hot Action Blackjack, Three Card Poker and EZ Baccarat.

The California Grand Casino has robust written protocols designed to protect the health and safety of guests and employees in our heated outdoor facility. We will be operating all the same games: Texas Hold’em, Pai Gow Poker, Hot Action Blackjack, Three Card Poker and EZ Baccarat.

While every cardroom may need a written plan, not all plans will be the same. California cardrooms are diverse and spread across the state. They range in size from 1 table to 270 tables. They have different operations, lay-outs, and staffing. They will be subject to different county public health orders, and some cardrooms are located in areas with low infection rates. But working with public health authorities and public safety will be the important elements in each reopening plan.