Advisory Notices

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.