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The Governor’s Office has issued new guidance for the operation of card rooms and indoor entertainment under pandemic restrictions.    

Card rooms are now open   

As of Jan. 11, card room activities and dining in Phase 1 regions are limited to outdoor or in open-air areas only. See Outdoor and Open-air Seating Guidance here. Guests may still enter the indoor facility to access the cage, automated teller machine and restrooms.   

Members who operate card rooms can have indoor seating if their region has entered Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington reopening plan. Capacity is limited to 25%, or up to 200 people (excluding staff) and proper physical distancing must be maintained. Card rooms are required to adopt a written procedure that is at least as strict as the official requirements provided by the state.   

Other card room industry-specific requirements are:    

  • Limit points of entry to conduct temperature checks. Employees or guests confirmed to have a temperature over 100.4°F should not be allowed onto the property and should be directed to contact appropriate medical care.   
  • Hand sanitizer bottles will be placed at high-traffic areas.  
  • Employees must be trained to advise guests on practicing physical distancing by standing at least six feet apart from other groups of people not traveling with them, while standing in lines or moving around the property. Employees will be reminded not to touch their faces and to practice physical distancing by standing at least six feet away from guests and other employees whenever possible. 
  • Reconfigure your floor plan, including restaurant tables, table games, seating and so on to provide appropriate distance.   
  • Encourage the placement of non-permeable barriers at locations like security, restaurant or dining areas, game spaces and so on.  
  • Use cleaning products that meet EPA guidelines.   
  • Increase filter replacement and HVAC system cleaning frequency and maximize air flow into the building.  

Click here to read all of the rules for card room operations here.  

Darts, pool and other indoor entertainment now allowed   

As of Feb. 1, businesses can now operate darts, billiards and arcade games. Reminder: Bowling alleys and music must follow separate rules.    

Indoor entertainment remains generally prohibited in Phase 1. A single party — limited to six individuals from the same household — may take part. In Phase 2, general admission is permitted, with capacity limited to 25% of the fire code. All business owners are required to:   

  • Ensure that all balls, darts, cues, paintbrushes and other equipment used by customers are disinfected after each use.    
  • Staff and customers must wear masks.    
  • Countertops should be sanitized, as well as doorknobs, gaming machines and pool tables and other commonly touched surfaces.    
  • Follow all coronavirus requirements for food and drink.   
  • Vending machines should be accompanied with sanitation wipes for customer use, and a trash can for their disposal.    
  • Install signs to discourage group congregation and to limit people within a certain area.   
  • Monitor the facility to ensure customers remain in compliance and warn repeat offenders where necessary.   
  • Provide hand sanitizer throughout your operations.   
  • Clean your restrooms.   
  • Ensure social distancing guidelines are maintained, as much as possible.   

Read more on indoor entertainment here.   

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