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GCB Guidance on lawful gambling outdoors

17 Dec 2020 15:17 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

Executive Order Allows Lawful Gambling Outdoors Beginning December 19

In line with Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-103, lawful gambling may be conducted outdoors at those permitted premises that provide outdoor service beginning December 19, 2020.  These lawful gambling activities must be conducted in compliance with all applicable statutes, executive orders and rules, as well as Minnesota Department of Health  and Centers for Disease Control guidance.  All statutes/rules governing the conduct of lawful gambling remain in effect and will be enforced.

Outdoor Sales Conduct

  • ·         You may sell gambling equipment only in those areas where food and alcohol are allowed to be served.
  • ·         Cash and games (including electronic games) must be secured at all times and games must remain in full view of the site’s outdoor staff to ensure the integrity of games.
  • ·         All games must be sold and played outdoors but still on the premises.  Tickets (except raffles and sports tipboard) may not leave the outdoor dining area.
  • ·         House rules must be visible at the point of sale and reflect any changes to the conduct of games at the permitted premises to reflect the outdoor lawful gambling activity.

Gambling Control Board Provides Regulatory Relief

Executive Order 20-103 prohibits bars and restaurants from serving food and beverages indoors until January 11, 2021.  In response, the Gambling Control Board authorizes the following: 

License Renewal Dates Extended

The expiration date for all Gambling Control Board licenses that were in effect on December 1, 2020 will be extended by two months.  This includes organization licenses, premises permits, gambling manager licenses, distributor/salespersons licenses, manufacturer and linked bingo game provider licenses.  For example, if your organization’s license expiration date is March 31, 2021, your organization’s license expiration date will become May 31, 2021.

Emergency Expenditures/Business Loans Allowed

This provision allows a short-term loan from a veterans or fraternal organization’s gambling funds to its general fund to relieve effects of the bar and restaurant shutdown.  This provision expires on the day that the emergency executive authority expires, terminates, or is rescinded.

Lawful Gambling Equipment Sales on Credit Exemption

The 30-day limit on credit for the sale of lawful gambling equipment is waived. This provision expires on the day that the emergency executive authority expires, terminates, or is rescinded.

Length of Off-site Permits Extended to 30 Days

A licensed organization may conduct lawful gambling on a premises other than the organization’s permitted premises if it applies to the Gambling Control Board for approval (form LG230) and obtains Board authorization. The current permit maximum of three (3) days has been extended to thirty (30) days.  There is no fee for an off-site permit.  Organizations will still be limited to twelve (12) permits per calendar year. This provision expires on the day that the emergency executive authority expires, terminates, or is rescinded.

All organizations must not restart any lawful gambling activities that are prohibited by Executive Order.  Any failure to comply with these requirements prior to the lifting of the executive orders will lead to the prosecution of all violations via applicable administrative and criminal actions.

Steve Pedersen | Licensing Supervisor

Minnesota Gambling Control Board

1711 West County Road B, Suite 300 South

Roseville, MN 55113

www.mn.gov/gcb | 651-539-1910

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