State approves Washoe County’s COVID reopening plan

Published: May. 3, 2021 at 5:37 AM PDT|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 4:00 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - 4 P.M. UPDATE: The State of Nevada has approved Washoe County’s COVID-19 reopening plan.

In a letter dated Monday, May 3, 2021, Nevada COVID-19 Response Director Caleb Cage announced the delegation of authority to Washoe County to manage COVID-19 mitigation measures.

12:15 P.M. UPDATE: Washoe County Commissioners approved a revised COVID-19 Mitigation and Enforcement Plan in a 4-to-1 vote Monday.

The new plan includes the following changes:

Capacity limits are lifted for all business replaced by CDC defined social distancing between attendee groups. “All” means indoor and outdoor events, restaurants, bars, locker rooms, gyms, hot tubs, places of worship, retail, sporting events, tournaments, etc.

Groups of ten are permitted, up from 6, for ticketed groups and tables at bars/restaurants.

All sports are permitted. Follow Nevada Guidance for Adult & Youth Sports. Buffets will remain closed.

All indoor/outdoor events and tournaments, over 500 attendees require Large Gathering COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan Certification Form.

“I’ve sat here and told you that I don’t want to wear this mask,” Commission chair Bob Lucey stated. “I’ve also said that the current numbers with 30 people in the hospital declare a pandemic or a medical emergency.”

Commissioner Jeanne Herman voted against the revised plan.

The mask mandate will not yet be lifted, and the county does not have the authority to do so.

It now heads to the State Task Force for authorization to assume local authority, which commissioners expect later Monday.

The full plan is below:

ORIGINAL STORY: The Board of County Commissioners will meet Monday at 10 a.m. for a Special Meeting. Commissioners will revisit the county’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Enforcement Plan.

The county’s latest plan was not endorsed by all entities. The state let counties manage control on Saturday, except for Washoe County because it has yet to move forward with a plan.

According to Assistant County Manager Dave Solaro, the new plan will require social distancing for the month of May.

“We think we are in pretty good shape and we will be able to have an endorsed plan approved by the Board on Monday and sent to the State Task Force and get to local authority, we are hoping by end of the day Monday.”

Beginning June 1 Governor Sisolak will lift all capacity limits.

To watch the meeting click here.

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