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Poker Rooms and Some Slot Machines To Remain Closed Upon Reopening of Indiana Casinos
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

No timeline has been given yet for Indiana casinos to reopen, but there are now guidelines for what they will have to do. The Indiana Gaming Commission has issued five pages of guidelines for casinos on how to protect workers and gamblers from coronavirus. Casinos will have capacity limits based on the number of gaming positions, capped at no more than half their normal capacity. They’ll have to enforce reconfigure the gaming floor to keep people six feet apart, closing off enough machines and tables to make that possible.

In addition, poker rooms will stay closed, while other table games will have strictly enforced limits on how many people can play at once: no more than three blackjack players at a time, four at the roulette wheel, or six at the craps table.

Casinos will also have to limit smoking to a designated smoking area. All workers will have to wear masks as well as masks being recommended for patrons, and required if they choose to play table games.

The guidelines also set disinfecting requirements for gaming equipment: chips must be disinfected every two hours, dice with every new shooter, and slots and other video gaming machines after each player leaves. Cards will have to be replaced at the start of each shift.

The commission ordered all casinos to close March 16, eight days before Holcomb’s stay-home order for the rest of the state.



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