Advisory Notices


JOHN BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

July 23, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:          Louisiana licensed Type 1 and Type 3 Video Poker Establishments
FROM: Gaming Enforcement Division
RE:          COVID-19 Re-opening (Phase II additional mitigation measures for Type 1 and Type 3 license)  


Upon review and consideration of Proclamation 89 JBE 2020, the following guiding will apply to Type 1 Video Draw Poker Establishments and Type 3 Video Draw Poker Establishments.
·        Establishments that hold a Type 1 Video Poker Bar license or a Type 3 Video Poker Hotel (with a bar) license are allowed the operation of two of the three video draw poker devices.
·        One of the three devices must be must be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play.  
·        Only one patron can occupy an enabled video poker device at a time.
·        The patrons inside must be actively playing the device and any patrons waiting to play must remain outside.  
·        No food or beverage can be served to the patrons playing and all health, safety and sanitation procedures must be followed including the use of face coverings.
·        Establishment are responsible for ensuring these and all other applicable guidelines contained in the Governor’s Proclamations and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board’s Orders relating to the COVID health crisis including, but not limited to, Proclamation 89 JBE 2020 and the Louisiana Gaming Control Board Order No. 15, are implemented and enforced.

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JOHN
BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

June 12, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:  All Louisiana licensed Video Poker Establishments          
FROM:  Gaming Enforcement Division
RE: Submittal of 2020 Video Poker Annual Affidavits and Five Year Renewals      

The deadline for annual affidavits, renewals, and their fee submission is June, 30, 2020. However, the Division is aware that, in some areas of the State, licensees are having difficulty acquiring local tax clearances and local governing authority notifications from local governments due to the adverse operational impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Should issues exist that prevent licensees from acquiring local tax clearance and/or governing authority notifications, the Division will accept annual affidavits and renewal applications with a mandate that the missing documents will be submitted within 30 days of the initial submission. Each licensee will be required to submit to the Division a written statement detailing the issues, along with their annual affidavit and/or renewal application and applicable fee with their initial submission. Upon receipt, and verification made by the Division, the licensee will be given 30 days from the date of initial submission to provide the missing documents.
 
If the annual affidavit and/or renewal application and fees are not submitted on or before June 30, 2020, or if the missing documents are not received within 30 days of the initial submission, the licensee will be subject to penalty of fine, formal denial of renewal, and/or be subject to license revocation proceedings by the Division. If you submit an annual affidavit or five year renewal with all applicable fees, but without a local tax clearance and local governing authority notification and do not provide a written statement detailing the issues, your application will be rejected and returned immediately.
 
Therefore, the Division encourages each licensee to submit the annual affidavit and/or renewal application and applicable fee on or before June 30, 2020, and submit any and all other missing documents, specific to official local tax clearances and local governing authority, within the prescribed time-frame.  
 
This provision only applies to licensees not having access to acquire local tax clearances and local governing authority notifications due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This does not apply if you are delinquent in the filing of taxes or returns and are denied a tax clearance. If your annual affidavit or renewal is missing any other information or documents, it will be rejected and returned immediately.
 
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JOHN BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

June 4, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:  All Louisiana licensed Video Poker Establishments          
FROM:  Gaming Enforcement Division
RE: COVID-19 Re-opening (Phase II)  

With the start of Phase II in Louisiana on June 5, 2020, 75% of the gaming positions or devices can be in service with up to 50% the establishment’s total occupancy. The licensee shall practice and enforce CDC social distancing guidelines in all areas of each property including, as appropriate, the designated gaming area, lobbies, waiting areas, food and beverage facilities, customer queueing areas, all amenity areas and all back of house areas. Compliance shall be achieved through signage, marked areas on the floors, team interaction with customers and any other reasonable measures which assure compliance.

For Establishments that are issued a Type 4 (OTB) or 5 (Truck Stop) license by the Division:

To the extent possible and consistent with the spirit of the CDC social distancing guidelines licensees shall make adjustments in the gaming area to force social distancing. The use of Plexiglas or other clear dividers is authorized in lieu of social distancing requirements at electronic devices.  The top of the divider shall be no lower than the top of the gaming device and the bottom shall be no higher than the bottom of the device seat.  The width of the panel shall not be less than the width of the device seat.  The use of such panels shall not be permissible if, in the opinion of the Gaming Enforcement Division, they would interfere with established security or surveillance protocols.  Operators may also achieve social distancing by disabling or restricting play on electronic devices, removing chairs at gaming tables, or making other adjustments in table game configurations to provide for customer spacing.   In Phase II, 75% of the gaming positions or devices can be in service and with up to 50% of the establishment’s total occupancy.

All Type 4 (OTB) and 5 (Truck Stop) licenses must email Sgt. Mike Linn (Mike.Linn@la.gov) the following information:

·        Business Name and Video Poker License Number.

·        If your establishment will move to phase II.

·        Amendments to your existing reopening plans pertaining to social distancing that is specific to the use of partitions and or device spacing to comply with the new requirements if your establishment will move to phase II.

 

 

Establishments that are issued a Type 1 (Bar), Type 2 (Restaurant), or Type 3 (Hotel) license by the Division:

Establishments issued these licenses are allowed the operation of two devices.  The middle device must be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play. To the extent possible and consistent with the spirit of the CDC social distancing guidelines licensees shall make adjustments in the gaming area to force social distancing. The use of Plexiglas or other clear dividers is authorized in lieu of social distancing requirements at electronic devices.  The top of the divider shall be no lower than the top of the gaming device and the bottom shall be no higher than the bottom of the device seat.  The width of the panel shall not be less than the width of the device seat.  The use of such panels shall not be permissible if, in the opinion Gaming Enforcement Division, they would interfere with established security or surveillance protocols.  

Establishment’s total occupancy for Type 1 (Bar), Type 2 (Restaurant), or Type 3 (Hotel)

·        Type 1 (Bar) If your bar hold a LDH food permit 50%, if it does not 25%.

·        Type 2 (Restaurant) 50%.

·        Type 3 (Hotel) refer to Type 1 (Bar) or Type 2 (Restaurant) occupancy.

 


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JOHN BEL EDWARDS                                                                        KEVIN W. REEVES, COLONEL
        GOVERNOR                                                                                             DEPUTY SECRETARY
State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Public Safety Services

May 15, 2020

ADVISORY NOTICE

TO:  All Louisiana licensed Video Poker Establishments          
FROM:  Gaming Enforcement Division
RE: COVID-19 Re-opening      

With the additional order from the Louisiana Gaming Control Board COVID-19, 50% of the gaming positions or devices can be in service.  Social distancing must be strictly adhered to; no exceptions.  With respect to gaming devices, the Division will require that every other device be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play.  The use of clear/ translucent barrier between the devices will not be permissible for the purposes of accomplishing social distancing in this phase.
 
With respect to gaming devices, the Division will require the following for each licenses:
 
Establishments that were issued a Type 1 (Bar) or 3 (Hotel with a bar) license by the Division are not included this phase of resuming the operation of the devices, unless they hold a current Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) permit for “Food Service Establishment.” If you qualify, you must submit a copy of your LDH permit to the Louisiana State Police, Gaming Enforcement Division by using email address:  LicensingGaming@dps.la.gov as conditions required prior to the operations of your devices.  Please provide your video poker license number, and business name in your email.

Establishments that were issued a Type 2 (Restaurant) or 3 (Hotel with a restaurant) license by the Division are allowed the operation of two devices.  The middle device must be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play.

Establishments that were issued a Type 4 (OTB) or 5 (Truck Stop) license by the Division are allowed the operation of 50% of their total devices with the operation every other device be disabled or otherwise prohibited from being accessible for play.  Along with the new amended percentages of gaming positions and the use of clear partitions, please refer to the Advisory Notice that was sent on May 12, 2020.

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The previous “ADVISORY NOTICE” regarding the Re-opening of establishments and the return of the COVID-19 Video Gaming Guidelines was for Type 4 and 5 licenses.  As of now (5-12-2020) on May 18, 2020, Type 1 licenses cannot re-open, Type 2 licenses are allowed the operation of one (1) Video Poker machine, and Type 3 licenses are allowed the operation of one (1) Video Poker machine per location in each area of the establishment if that area is licensed by the ATC with a Class A Restaurant permit.  All licensees are encouraged to use the described Guidelines even if they are not required to submit the form back to the Division.