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 September 18, 2020.



The Commission's Office is
closed to the public until
further notice; however,
all of the Commission's
staff are working remotely
and the Commission is
continuing with all of its
operations.
If you have questions that
have not been answered
on this page, please
contact the Commission at
comments@cgcc.ca.gov or
its main line number at
(916) 263-0700.
To be notified via email
when the Commission
releases additional
information, please
SUBSCRIBE HERE!
Please see the
Commission's FAQs
specifically related to
temporary changes that
are currently in place
specifically related to
temporary changes that
are currently in place.


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:

OUTDOOR GAMBLING
Issued Date: September 9, 2020

Notice to cardroom industry members regarding additional requirements outlined in the Outdoor Operations of Cardrooms guidelines for cardrooms conducting outdoor gambling.


NEW CALIFORNIA BLUEPRINT FOR A SAFER ECONOMY AND HOW IT RELATES TO CARDROOMS
Issued Date: August 28, 2020

Notice to cardroom industry members regarding California's new Blueprint for a Safer Economy and how it relates to the cardrooms. This notice provides information on where to find each county's risk level and how that defines the operation of cardrooms within each county. The new Blueprint takes effect on Monday, August 31, 2020.


ADVISORY NOTICE CONCERNING EMERGENCY REGULATIONS: EMERGENCY SANITATION PLANS (CGCC-CGA-2020-02-E)
Issued Date: August 21, 2020

Notice to all interested parties regarding the effective date of the Emergency Sanitation Plans emergency regulation. This notice also provides a summary of the emergency regulation requirements.

For the full Emergency Sanitation Plan emergency regulation text, please go to the Commission's Recently Adopted, Amended, and Repealed Regulations webpage.


MANDATED CARDROOM CLOSURES IN ALL COUNTIES
Issued Date: July 13, 2020

Letter to the cardroom industry members reiterating Governor Newsom's July 13, 2020 directive mandating the closure of ALL cardrooms statewide until further notice.

Please see the Commission's August 28, 2020 Notice for the most current information regarding cardroom operations.


UPDATE ON GOVERNOR DIRECTED CARDROOM CLOSURES WITHIN SPECIFIED COUNTIES
Issued Date: July 8, 2020

Letter to the cardroom industry members regarding the addition of Napa, San Benito, and Yolo counties being added to the list of counties impacted and require the cardroom closures within those counties, as directed by Governor Newsom.

Please see the Commission's August 28, 2020 Notice for the most current information regarding cardroom operations.


UPDATE ON GOVERNOR DIRECTED CARDROOM CLOSURES WITHIN SPECIFIED COUNTIES
Issued Date: July 7, 2020

Letter to the cardroom industry members regarding the additional counties that require cardroom closures as directed by Governor Newsom.

Please see the Commission's August 28, 2020 Notice for the most current information regarding cardroom operations.


MANDATED CARDROOM CLOSURES WITHIN SPECIFIED COUNTIES
Issued Date: July 1, 2020

Letter to the cardroom industry members regarding Governor Newsom's July 1, 2020 directive to close cardrooms within specific counties. The directive is in place for a minimum of three week. The letter identifies those cardrooms impacted. Please see the July 7, 2020 Commission letter for the most up-to-date information.

Please see the Commission's August 28, 2020 Notice for the most current information regarding cardroom operations.


ADDITIONAL 60-DAY RELIEF PROVIDED DURING COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY: RELEASE OF EXECUTIVE ORDER N-71-20
Issued Date: June 30, 2020

Letter to the Commission industry stakeholders outlining the additional 60-day extensions provided in Executive Order N-71-20 related to specified fees, renewal application, and various reporting timeframes.


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. Please also see the Commission letter issued on June 30, 2020 for the updated relief provided via Executive Order N-71-20.


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 Commission letter issued on June 30, 2020 for the updated relief provided via Executive Order N-71-20.


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.


BUREAU OF GAMBLING CONTROL COVID-19 RELATED CORRESPONDENCE

The following are correspondence regarding COVID-19 changes and/or reminders from the Bureau of Gambling Control sent to the industry during the declared COVID-19 State of Emergency:

BUREAU CORRESPONDENCE: REMINDER REGARDING REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
Issued Date: June 18, 2020

Bureau of Gambling Control correspondence to the California Gambling Establishments reminding of regulatory requirements related to game modifications and required approvals and surveillance. In addition, the correspondence provides temporary relief to allow gambling establishments to deal player-dealer style games with cards face up to prevent players from touching cards. Such change does require notification to the Bureau.


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-71-20
Issued Date: June 30, 2020

Executive Order N-71-20 provides an additional 60-day extension through August 29, 2020 related to specified fees and application timeframes.


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. Please see Executive Order N-71-20, for the latest extensions provided.


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 see Executive Order N-71-20, for the latest extensions provided.


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.


COVD-19 RELATED COMMISSION EMERGENCY REGULATIONS

EMERGENCY SANITATION PLANS
Status: Effective as of August 21, 2020

For the full Emergency Sanitation Plan emergency regulation text, please go to the Commission's Recently Adopted, Amended, and Repealed Regulations webpage.

EMERGENCY-BASED REMOTE COUNTS FOR GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENTS
Status: Effective as of September 17, 2020

For the full Emergency-Based Remote Counts emergency regulation text, please go to the Commission's Recently Adopted, Amended, and Repealed Regulations webpage.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES