The governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak, announced in a press conference that he plans to have every Nevada county reopen to 100% capacity by June 1st. This includes Las Vegas, one of the most visited cities in all of the United States.
Earlier this year, the state approved capacity limits to increase to 50% including casinos, restaurants, bars, and live shows. After these announcements were made tourism soared in Las Vegas, which is likely to happen again.
Nevada Plans to Reopen at 100% Capacity by June
The governor announced that he is confident that every county in the state of Nevada will be able to reopen at 100% capacity by June 1st.
“Across Nevada great strides have been made in our response to COVID-19 to strengthen our partnerships, build capacity within our public health infrastructure, and vaccinate Nevadans,” said Gov. Sisolak during the press conference.
“It’s because of this progress that I am proud to announce the goal of having every county in Nevada reopen to 100 percent on June 1. I am confident that if Nevadans continue to remain vigilant as more and more people get vaccinated, we can accomplish this together.”
The decision to reopen is now in the hands of local counties, so some may decide to reopen at 100% capacity on May 1st depending on virus infection rates, vaccinations, testing, and other infrastructure needs specific to their communities. Nye County has already announced plans to do so.
Clark County Announces Changes Effective May 1st
Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, has already released plans that go into effect May 1st.
Restaurants, Bars, and Nightclubs
The 50% capacity limits for bars and restaurants will remain in place, while there are no limits on outdoor dining capacity. Table capacity will increase from 6 to 10 people.
Buffets will be allowed to reopen with restrictions. An employee must supervise each station, hand sanitizer must be offered to patrons, and service utensils changed out every hour.
Adult entertainment venues and nightclubs can also return at 50% capacity. All employees must wear face coverings, and all patrons must wear a face mask when not actively eating, drinking, or smoking.
Frequent handwashing must be promoted, and gentlemen’s clubs must offer routine cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and equipment with EPA-approved cleaning chemicals. Dance floors are prohibited if social distancing requirements are applicable.
One of the biggest draws for tourism in Nevada is the state’s casinos. The Nevada Gaming Control Board will continue to maintain authority and be responsible for setting the guidelines for gaming floors and casinos.
They have stressed that employee vaccinations will be key to casinos reopening safely. As of now, gaming floors are limited to a 50% capacity.
Starting May 1st, large gatherings can be approved 120 days out if there are less than 1,250 reported cases per week and the 14-day average percent positivity is less than 6%.
Social Distancing No Longer Mandated By State
Sisolak also announced that the statewide social distancing mandate will be removed effective May 1. Decisions on social distancing will now be in the hands of local counties, in accordance with the Roadmap to Recovery timeline the state previously announced.
“To be clear, this does not mean that social distancing will no longer exist in the state,” Sisolak said. “Every health official will agree that it’s still an important prevention tool. This just means that the state will no longer be setting the requirements. That authority will also now transition to the counties so they can make decisions based on what works best for their local jurisdictions.”
While the State will be transitioning authority over social distancing to the counties, the statewide mask mandate will remain in effect.
Covid-19 in Nevada
As of Tuesday, the state’s COVID-19 positivity rate was 5.2% over a 14-day period – no longer meeting the CDC’s recommended rate of 5%.
Vaccine eligibility opened to all Nevadans ages 16 and older as of April 5th. As of this week, about 40% have got at least one shot, and 25% are fully vaccinated.
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