Gov. Sisolak announces changes to in-person learning, full contact sports can resume

Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 12:53 PM PST|Updated: Feb. 17, 2021 at 3:30 PM PST
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Governor Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday changes to in-person learning in Nevada, as well as updates to full contact high school sports.

He spoke during the state’s COVID-19 press call and said under a new emergency directive, full contact high school sports regulated by the NIAA may resume practices and competitions.

The governor cited declining COVID-19 transmission rates across the state as a factor in the decision.

The NIAA must develop a COVID-19 testing and mitigation plan, including weekly testing of coaches, staff, and athletes. The governor said spectators will be allowed, applicable to the recent gathering directive announced on Feb. 11.

Non-NIAA sports leagues will not be allowed to resume at this time, the governor said.

Changes to in-person learning were also announced, specifically to occupancy in schools. Starting Feb. 18, 2021 at 12:01 a.m., occupancy in schools will increase to 75 percent or 250 people with social distancing and mask requirements in place.

Student capacity on school buses will increase to 66 percent with social distancing and mask requirements in place.

The governor also said increases in vaccine allocations means Nevadans age 65 and older can start getting the COVID-19 vaccine starting the week of Feb. 22.

Due to continued limited allocations of vaccines, the governor said only the pharmacy partners enrolled in the federal pharmacy partnership program will be offering vaccines for those 65 and older, unless your county has already begun vaccinating those 65 and older in the community. According to the CDC website, the only pharmacy in Nevada participating in the program is Walmart.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, go to, or call the statewide call center at 1-800-401-0946.

ORIGINAL STORY Governor Steve Sisolak will provide updates Wednesday during the state’s COVID-19 press call at 3 p.m.

The governor will be join Superintendent Jhone Ebert, Caleb Cage, Nevada COVID-19 Response Director, and Candice McDaniel, Health Bureau Chief of the Bureau of Child, Family, and Community Wellness.

He’s expected to provide updates on Nevada’s vaccination efforts, as well as education and youth sports.

You can watch the press conference live on the KOLO 8 Facebook page.

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