California card clubs in counties where Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has maintained a ban on nonessential indoor business operations and gatherings have become quite resourceful in keeping the cards in the air.
COVID-19 resulted in Newsom ordering California card clubs to suspend their indoor operations back in March. After easing certain restrictions on indoor businesses, the governor reimplemented a second round of closures on 19 counties.
One of those counties is San Mateo, home to Artichoke Joe’s Casino. However, as of last Friday, September 4, the Bay Area cardroom reopened for business under a large tent. The 13,000-square-foot, open-sided canopy is equipped with 32 card tables, as well as a dining area.
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