California Governor Forces Many Cardrooms To Close Again

California Gov. Gavin Newsom made an announcement Wednesday that will close some of California’s biggest cardrooms for at least three weeks.

Newsom rolled back some of the reopening taking place in California and imposed tougher restrictions on certain activities in 19 counties. The move comes as the state saw a recent spike in confirmed coronavirus cases that saw 6,000 new cases on Tuesday alone.

Newsom ordered several types of indoor businesses to shutter for at least three weeks. Cardrooms were on the list of businesses that will not be permitted to operate until Newsom deems it safe. It also included temporary bans on dine-in restaurants, wineries and bars, family entertainment centers, movie theatres, zoos and museums.

The order applies to businesses in Los Angeles, Contra Costa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernadino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura counties.

This will force some of California’s biggest cardrooms to close for another extended period as the Commerce Casino, Bicycle Casino, Bay 101 Casino, Lucky Chances Casino, Stones Gambling Hall, The Gardens Casino, and Hollywood Park Casino are all located inside affected counties.

Tribal casinos, regardless of location, will not be forced to adhere to the new order. San Diego county was left off the list, which means Oceans Eleven Casino and Seven Mile Casino will be able to stay open.

For many cardrooms in the state, doors had just opened before they were forced closed again. The Bicycle Casino opened 13 days ago on Friday, June 19. Lucky Chances Casino was only open for 10 days before the new order.

Some Southern California tribal casinos began opening as early as May 18.

Guests of both the tribal casinos and cardrooms were required to wear masks and poker games were spread short-handed to help promote social distancing.

At the end of the three-week period, Newsom will evaluate the latest coronavirus data and decide if these businesses will be allowed to reopen.

Casinos in other states have closed again in response to the continued spread of COVID-19. Three casinos in Arizona and two others in Oklahoma after employees contracted coronavirus.

According to the Los Angeles Times, there are 237,068 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 6,152 total deaths. Los Angeles County has the most confirmed cases of any county in the country with 103,850, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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