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Gov. Sisolak tightens COVID-19 restrictions

Published: Nov. 22, 2020 at 10:39 AM PST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2020 at 5:12 PM PST
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - 4:50 P.M. UPDATE: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced tougher restrictions Sunday in an effort to bring the state’s careening COVID-19 infection rate under control.

This includes reducing the capacity of restaurants and bars, casinos and gyms to 25 percent of capacity instead of 50 percent. Restaurants will be required to take reservations for dining. No walk ins.

Public gatherings, which had been up to 250 people, are now limited to 25 percent of fire capacity or 50 people, whichever is less. This includes churches.

Adult and youth sports tournaments are put on hold.

The restrictions, which Sisolak called a pause, take effect a minute after midnight early Tuesday morning, in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sisolak said he is also restricting gatherings in homes to no more than 10 people and from no more than two households.

The mask requirement also extends to private gatherings in homes, even when people are socially distanced.

The initial restrictions are set for a minimum of three weeks. Sisolak warned tougher restrictions could come if these restrictions do not work.

Retail stores will continue to operate at 50 percent. Stores with a capacity of more than 50,000 square feet will be required to have an employee at the door to monitor capacity limits.

Hair salons, barbershops, spas and massage are not affected and will continue to operate under current restrictions.

Community and recreational centers will also continue at 50 percent. Sisolak said they are critical for childcare.

The restrictions do not apply to schools. Sisolak said the state must prioritize keeping children in classrooms or getting them there.

Sisolak said the restrictions are needed because the growth of the disease is threatening Nevada’s health care system, as both hospital beds are taken up and as hospital staff has to stay away either because of infection or because a family member is infected.

ORIGINAL STORY: Gov. Steve Sisolak holds a press conference at 4:30 p.m. Sunday to give an update on Nevada’s COVID-19 response, the governor’s office announced.

The press conference comes as Nevada’s COVID-19 infections have spiked in the last few weeks. Washoe County had two days last week when record numbers of infections were reported. On Saturday, Nevada crossed the 2,000 benchmark for COVID-19 related deaths.

Sisolak himself has contracted COVID-19. He will give the press conference virtually on the governor’s YouTube as he continues to recover: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3DFs2YeOMbAbY7XPqsereQ

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