Gov. Sisolak eases restrictions, increases capacity limits for some businesses
CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Steve Sisolak on Thursday announced a timeline for what he called the safe reopening of our state, including easing current restrictions put in place due to the pandemic.
Starting Monday, Feb. 15, the governor said the first round of capacity limits will be lifted for certain businesses based on risk level. Restaurants and bars can increase their capacity from 25% to 35% or 100 people, whichever is less. There will be no capacity limit for outside dining and reservations will no longer be necessary. The number of people per table will also increase from four to six.
Other businesses where capacity limits will be lifted to 35% starting Monday include places of worship, gyms, fitness studios, martial arts studios, gaming floors, arcades, bowling alleys, pool halls, and similar locations.
Libraries, museums, zoos and aquariums will be able to operate at 50% starting Feb. 15.
The next round of lifting capacity levels will take place on March 15. Certain businesses operating at 35% capacity will increase to 50% capacity or 250 people, whichever is less. The governor said that this will return the State of Nevada to full pre-pause levels.
Large gathering plans may be submitted to local health officials for review, but the governor said no events will resume until March 1 and only if the event is approved by the appropriate state agency.
From now, until May 1, places like retail stores, indoor malls, and recreation centers will remain at 50% capacity.
Spas, massage establishments, hair salons, nail salons and similar businesses will continue to operate with social distancing requirements under authority of licensing boards.
Adult entertainment businesses including nightclubs and brothels will remain closed until at least May 1.
Starting May 1, the governor said the goal is to transition mitigation management to local authorities.
“In order to reach this goal, counties will have from now through the end of April to demonstrate a decrease in COVID trends, adequate hospital capacity and evidence that they can continue performing an adequate level of testing and other response efforts for their communities,” the governor said.
Gov. Sisolak also provided an update on vaccination efforts in Nevada. He said so far, more than 307,000 first doses have been administered to Nevadans, and more than 82,000 second doses have been given.
“Vaccines have provided us some hope during this pandemic,” he said.
He also cited significant decreases in state COVID-19 numbers including the state’s positivity rate and COVID hospitalizations.
“I’m grateful the statewide pause has helped mitigate the spread,” he said.
As for schools reopening, the governor said on March 1, students in pre-K through 3rd grade will have the opportunity to return to school in Clark County, and said, “We have to do everything we can as a State to make sure the reopening of our largest district is successful, in addition to protecting the students who are already back in classrooms throughout Nevada.”
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