At one of the most frantic times of the year, the Governor yesterday at his 4:30 pm press conference declared Nevada to be on “pause.” These are the take-aways in case you missed the conference: Restaurants, bars, and casinos remain at the forefront of the new restrictionsnow limiting indoor and outdoor capacity to 25%, down from 50% which will hit this already hard hit industry even more. This is the time when holiday parties reign and cannot be held. If you wish to eat out, you cannot just “drop in,” you MUST make a reservation to be served.
Masks are now required while socializing at your table and can only be removed when you are eating or drinking.
Only 4 diners per table will be allowed.
Expect to be given a temperature check before being allowed inside.
Restaurants are encouraged to continue curbside and carryout service.
Should area restaurants wish to expand outside dining, please know that Carson City will reimburse for outdoor heaters (link).
Retailers must adhere to the 50% rule The Governor stated that he did not wish to close retail, continuing to limit customers to 50 percent capacity as it now stands .
There must be personnel at the entrance to determine capacity levels and check for mask compliance if retail is 50,000 sq. feet or more. Smaller retailers need not have “spotters.”
Capacity levels must be posted.
All entertainment facilities are now limited to a 25% capacity and that is to include churches and any weddings, funerals, etc. All large events must be cancelled – This means all holiday events are curtailed including Silver/Snowflakes Festival of Lights that will be conducted virtually. Private gathering limited to no more than 10 persons.
Private gatherings are limited to no more than 10 per two household families.
Masks are mandated for even family gatherings.
Youth and adult sports are paused. Gyms/Health Clubs/Personal Trainers must reduce capacity to 25% and everyone must wear masks – no matter the exercise. Personal Care Services may continue to operate under existing guidelines – no changes Masks are a must for all. Schools can remain open but must adhere to all mandates. The Governor stated “we must keep kids in the classroom,” citing statistics of depression and suicides in young kids. The Governor stated that unfortunately, we are on a “rapid trajectory” that must be curbed and this is the time to act. He stated he realizes “all decisions have negative consequences,” adding no state has struggled more than Nevada during this pandemic. There will be no full shutdown as in the past, but all must comply with the new restrictions to curb the spread.
MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES No matter how you may feel about masks, this item of clothing has become part of our daily attire. Whether basic black or bling, the mask is here to stay for at least another six months or so until a vaccine is available to all.
That means masks in ALL settings, whether indoor or out and while gathering in private settings. This Thanksgiving, masks are required to protect all. Research continues to show masks are effective. Should you need signage, call the Chamber for your FREE posters. If we are unable to reduce the trajectory in three weeks, there will be stronger restrictions.
Ending, the Governor stated he had to implement stronger measures because “it is the right thing to do for our state.” REMINDER: Should you require masks or cleaning supplies, we remind you that these are available for FREE by request from Carson City’s Public Works division. To access the form,click here.