Gov. Sisolak announces Phase 2 of reopening to begin Friday
Governor Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday that Nevada is ready to move into Phase 2 of the state’s
Due to technical difficulties, the Governor decided to release his prepared remarks and guidance for Phase 2 instead of a video. A Phase 2 Directive and more industry specific guidance will be released May 27, 2020 and will be available on the Nevada Health Response website.
“Nevadans have done an incredible job helping to flatten the curve and I want to again thank you for understanding the severity of this health care crisis and for taking the necessary precautionary measures, like making a face covering a part of everyday wear,” Gov. Sisolak said. “Our collective actions have helped bring us to where we are today, ready to begin Phase 2 of reopening."
After seeing a consistent and sustainable downward trajectory of positive COVID-19 cases and a decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations for the last 31 days, the Governor has given the go-ahead for Phase 2.
In Phase 2, public and private gatherings can now increase from no more than 10 people to no more than 50 people.
Adult entertainment establishments, brothels, nightclubs/day clubs, and live sporting event venues/ live performance venues with spectators are NOT reopening in Phase 2.
Gym and fitness facilities may reopen in Phase 2 under strict sanitization protocols. Larger gyms will be capped at 50 percent occupancy per the fire code and must also adhere to the strict social distancing requirements. Additionally, equipment must be regulated to ensure six feet of social distancing. Group fitness classes will be limited to allow for 6 feet of social distancing between participants. Facilities must also prohibit the use of showers, saunas, and all other communal facilities.
Restaurants and food establishments with bar areas may reopen with 50 percent capacity and strict social distancing. Bars and taverns that don't serve food may reopen under the same restrictions. Patrons will NOT be allowed to walk up and order at the bars, but they may sit and be served at a bar top if appropriately distanced from one another (6 feet).
Salons and/or other businesses that provide skin services such as facials, hair removal, tanning, eyelash services, eyebrow threading, salt therapy, estheticians, and other services may reopen under strict protocols and social distancing guidelines as recommended by LEAP and the Cosmetology Board. Services are allowed by appointment only and employees must wear face coverings. Day and overnight spas may reopen to offer similar aesthetic services, but communal facilities such as saunas or hot tubs are not permitted.
Body art and piercing establishments may reopen, by appointment only with strict guidelines. During Phase 2, no body art or piercings may be done around the nose or mouth so that face coverings can be worn at all times.
Aquatic facilities and water parks will be allowed to reopen at 50 percent capacity. Locker rooms will still be closed in Phase 2 and people must social distance at water parks. Face coverings should not be worn in the water.
Officials anticipate youth sports and recreation will reopen in Phase 2 and are working with the local districts and youth sports in the state to announce those plans later.