Governor Steve Sisolak laid it on the line Sunday evening to Nevada residents and business owners – “We’re going to have to cut back on our economy more than a little to help slow the spread of the Covid-19 Virus. Nevada is in the middle of a huge surge of Covid-19 and we must turn it around.”
Governor Sisolak said that starting Tuesday, tight restrictions on all Nevada businesses will take effect from grocery stores to major hotel-casinos. No shutdowns, but certainly there will be slowdowns. Governor Sisolak said everyone will be required to wear masks whether inside or outside as long as we’re around people. Even if you’re at home and some friends come over, everyone MUST MASK UP.
Restaurants and bars must reduce capacity to 25% of normal patronage and wear masks except when eating or drinking. No more than four people at a table. If sitting at the bar, six feet of distance between patrons is required. Hand sanitizers are required. And reservations are required to be at the bar or at the dining area if it’s a restaurant. 25% occupancy is the limit. Again that’s why you’ll need reservations.
Gyms, fitness centers, dance and martial arts facilities are capped at 25% capacity – social distancing and wearing masks is absolutely mandatory along with social distancing.
Museums, art galleries, libraries, zoos, arcades, race tracks, bowling alleys, mini-golf, amusement and theme parks are similarly restricted based on 25% capacity with masks and social distancing.
Gaming establishments are restricted to no more than 25% occupancy. Restaurants and bars inside gaming establishments are also restricted to 25% occupancy, making it all but required that reservations are a must – but there is also an option to order food over the phone and then come down and do a curb-side pickup.
Public gatherings at stand-alone bars and restaurants are limited to 50 persons or 25% of capacity of an establishment according to the local fire code.
Churches, indoor movie theaters, live theater performances, casino showrooms, weddings, funerals, celebrations of life, milestone celebrations and other events are limited to 50 people or 25% of the venue’s space, whichever is less. Any such pre-scheduled events after Monday, November 23rd, must be cancelled.
Private gatherings at private homes must be limited to ten or fewer people and involve no more than two households, whether indoors or outdoors. Facecoverings are always required even if socially distant – public or private facilities.
There is a pause on youth and adult sports tournaments effective Tuesday morning, November 24th. Retail mall outlets and grocery stores will NOT have to change their current capacity numbers during the pause – they will remain at 50% capacity limit. The new state rules strongly suggest online ordering with curbside pickup, carry out or delivery. Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and aesthetic skin services will remain open, along with spas, massage therapy and skin piercing.
Community and recreation centers will continue to be open, but at 50% capacity and must provide child care services when appropriate. None of the above is applied to schools.
Governor Sisolak was emphatic that re-opening public schools is a must but that’s up to the school districts. Opinions vary greatly among school administrators.
Governor Sisolak says he’s encouraged by the announcement of two versions of Covid-19 virus vaccines which will initially be given to medical workers and the elderly. He says those vaccines should be provided by the end of December – the initial vaccination will be followed by a second vaccination three weeks out. Vaccinations for everyone else could become available in April – again a two shot situation – three weeks apart.