State Health & Emergency Officials Release Guidance to Prevent the Transmission of COVID-19 in Gambling Venues, Theme Parks and Theaters

Today’s guidance covers gambling venues, theme parks and theaters

All guidance is consolidated in one place on the California Department of Public Health’s website

SACRAMENTO – Today California officials issued guidance regarding gambling venues, theme parks and theaters. The guidance will protect individuals attending and working at these venues and the local community.

Entertainment venues should take the following steps to prepare and protect the public, workers and communities against the spread of COVID-19.

Gambling Venues:

  • Take steps to limit the number of customers in single room/space to 250 or less
  • Increase frequency of cleaning of chips, shuffling machines, and other objects utilized in games
  • Increase frequency of cleaning and/or disposal of playing cards
  • Ensure that social distancing standards are met for non-family members and make clear that family members can participate in activities together, stand in line together etc.
  • Eliminate events/marketing that target individuals that are at higher risk of serious illness for COVID-19

Theme Parks and Attractions:

  • Ensure that social distancing standards are met for non-family members and make clear that family members can participate in activities together, stand in line together etc.
  • Increase spacing of show times to allow for more thorough cleaning of a single room or space and social distancing during show times
  • Increase number of hand washing or sanitizing stations
  • Eliminate events/marketing that target individuals that are at higher risk of serious illness for COVID-19
  • Extend hours to allow for staggering of attendance
  • Limit attendance as necessary to reduce outdoor/indoor crowding

Movie Theaters and Live Performance (Plays, Musicals) Theaters:                              

  • Keep attendance under 250 persons per individual theater and ensure that social distancing of six feet per person for non-family members is maintained and make clear that family members can sit together, stand in line together etc. 
  • Suspend reserved seating to allow patrons to self-separate
  • Reduce capacity to 50-60 percent per showing
  • Sanitize seats and tray tables between showings
  • Increase spacing between show times to allow for more thorough cleaning of individual theaters
  • Have ushers monitor social distancing practices in theaters and encourage additional distance between guests as appropriate

The full guidance for entertainment venues is available here.

California continues to issue guidance on preparing and protecting California from COVID-19. Consolidated guidance is available here.

For more information on the progress of the return of individuals from the Grand Princess cruise ship, see this update from ASPR and CalOES.

For more information on COVID-19 and California’s response visit the California Department of Public Health’s website.

www.cdph.ca.gov

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