CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATES


FAQs ON COVID-19 RELATED CHANGES



The California Gambling Control Commission (Commission) recognizes the impact the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had on all of our stakeholders. The Commission has created this page on its website to allow for quick and easy access to information related to temporary changes in place due to the current COVID-19 State of Emergency that have an impact on our stakeholders.

In addition, the Commission has also provided answers to the Frequently Asked Questions we have recently received; specifically related to temporary changes that are currently in place. If you have a question that has not been answered on this webpage, please do not hesitate to contact the Commission at Comments@cgcc.ca.gov.


Last updated on June 6, 2020.



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COMMISSION CORRESPONDENCE

The following are, in chronological order with most recent listed first, correspondence that the Commission has sent out during the declared COVID-19 State of Emergency:

CARDROOM REOPENING GUIDELINES AND NOTIFICATION OF INTENT TO RELEASE EMERGENCY REGULATIONS
Issued Date: June 5, 2020

Letter to the Commission industry operators and designated agents regarding the Cardroom and Racetracks reopening guidelines released by Governor Gavin Newsom on June 5, 2020 for Cardrooms and Third-Party Providers of Proposition Player Services. This correspondence reiterates that the guidelines do not signify authorization for a statewide cardroom reopening and that specific county approvals and authorizations must first be obtained.


ADDITIONAL RELIEF PROVIDED DURING COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY: RELEASE OF EXECUTIVE ORDER N-66-20
Issued Date: May 30, 2020

Letter to the Commission industry stakeholders providing an update related to the Executive Order N-66-20, released on May 29, 2020, which provides an additional 60-day extension to the specified fees and timeframes outlined in Executive Order N-40-20.


RELIEF PROVIDED DURING COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY
Issued Date: March 31, 2020

Letter to the Commission industry stakeholders outlining specific relief provided via Governor Newsom's March 30, 2020 Executive Order N-40-20. This letter outlines, for any cardroom or Third-Party Provider of Proposition Player Services (TPPPS) that suspends operations due to the proclaimed emergency, specific 60-day extensions provided for payment of annual fees currently due, expiration dates occurring during the State of Emergency, and application and related fees, financial reporting, and condition reporting that would otherwise be due during the State of Emergency. Please also see the letter issued on May 30, 2020, which outlines the additional relief provided via Executive Order N-66-20.


RESPONSE TO CARDROOM INDUSTRY REQUESTS
Issued Date: March 27, 2020

Letter in response to various Cardroom industry member and association requests for statutory and/or regulatory relief. This letter also provides clarification to the cardroom industry that any gambling establishment seeking to receive short-term loans from any federally or state-chartered lending institution, regulated bank, or savings association does NOT require prior review or approval from the Bureau of Gambling Control or the Commission provided ownership interests in a Gambling Enterprise are not assigned or pledged.


COMMISSION'S CONTINUITY OF OPERATIONS
Issued Date: March 19, 2020

Letter to the Commission stakeholders providing notification of the Commission's continuation of services and changes in the Commission's public meeting format. Currently, for the continued safety of the Commission's employees, our stakeholders, and the general public, the Commission's Hearing Room will remain closed until further notice. Executive Order N-29-20, issued on March 17, 2020, allowed for several exemptions to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act. For the time being, all Commission public meetings will completed via teleconference and video conference. The Zoom meeting details can be found HERE.


CONTINUATION OF PUBLIC MEETING'S AND PARTICIPATION OPTIONS
Issued Date: March 13, 2020 (SUPERSEDED BY MARCH 19, 2020 CORRESPONDENCE)

Notification provided the stakeholders that Commission public meetings were continuing and the various methods that the public could participate. This letter was superseded by the updated correspondence sent out on March 19, 2020.


CARDROOM INDUSTRY CORRESPONDENCE REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS
Issued Date: March 11, 2020

Notification provided the stakeholders that Commission public meetings were continuing and the various methods that the public could participate. This letter was superseded by the updated correspondence sent out on March 19, 2020.


EXECUTIVE ORDERS THAT DIRECTLY IMPACT THE COMMISSION AND/OR INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS

The following are Executive Orders signed by Governor Newsom that have a direct impact on the Commission's operations and/or the industry:

EXECUTIVE ORDER N-66-20
Issued Date: May 29, 2020

Executive Order N-66-20 provides an additional 60-day extension through July 29, 2020 for the timeframe set forth in Executive Order N-40-20, Paragraph 10.


EXECUTIVE ORDER N-40-20
Issued Date: March 30, 2020

Executive Order N-40-20 provides specific relief to the Commission stakeholders as it relates to certain fees and mandated timeframes. Please also see the Commission's March 31, 2020 correspondence that provides additional detail. Please also see Executive Order N-66-20, which provides an additional 60-days extension to the timelines provided in Executive Order N-40-20.


EXECUTIVE ORDER N-29-20
Issued Date: March 17, 2020

Executive Order N-29-20 provides all State agencies who hold public meetings temporary relief from certain Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requirements.


EXECUTIVE ORDER N-25-20
Issued Date: March 12, 2020

Executive Order N-25-20 proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in California as a result of the threat of COVID-19. Executive Order N-25-20 also provided the initial temporary exemptions to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, which was later strengthened in Executive Order N-29-20 identified above.


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