We’ve been Staying Safer at Home for Nevada since Mid-March. Most of you are probably starting to get out and about, but precautions must still be made for public health and safety at this time. We are now out of the Phased plan of Nevada’s reopening and here’s what you should know.
Sisolak had previously announced that the Phased approach to opening will be scrapped. If residents do not follow procedures to keep others safe, there need to be “consequences,” he said without being specific of the penalties.
“To put it bluntly, the time for education is over,” he said. “Businesses, Nevadans and visitors should all be familiar with the expectations of reduced indoor capacity, required face coverings and social distancing. We are close to five months in — no more excuses.” There will be more details to the new plan next week.
The disease management plan titled, Road to Recovery: Moving to a New Normal (the “New Normal Plan”) has been adopted as a supplement to the earlier phase-focused Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery. He has also created the Mitigation and Management Task Force (the “Mitigation Task Force”) which will be delegated the authority to implement and enforce the provisions of the New Normal Plan statewide.
On a weekly basis, the task force will communicate with leadership from the counties flagged for elevated risk, and work to implement an action plan. They will also be authorized to enforce the action plans put in place and/or provide penalties to those businesses that aren’t in compliance.
Update 10/15: The City of Las Vegas parks are now open to the public. They are asking that you follow guidelines, because the virus is still spreading.
-Everyone 2 to 9 years of age is encouraged to wear a face covering. Those more than 10 years of age must wear a face covering. The face covering must cover the nose and mouth.
–Maintain Distance– up to 6 feet
– No Food or Drink in playground spaces
–Share Our Space-To avoid crowding and allow everyone to use this space, please limit your visit to 30 minutes when others are waiting.
–Wash your hands
As a reminder, City of Las Vegas parks are separate from Clark County Parks.
Update 9/29: Governor Sisolak’s new directive increases the limit on gatherings from 50 to 250 people or 50 percent of capacity, whichever is less, so long as social distancing can be maintained and all other requirements can be met. This new directive will go into effect October 1st.
- The general public shall not gather in groups of more than 250 individuals or 50 percent of fire code capacity, whichever is less, in any indoor or outdoor area whether publicly or privately owned where the public has access.
- It is strongly encouraged that gatherings at residential properties be capped at no more than 10 indoors and no more than 25 outdoors.
Governor Sisolak announced in June that face coverings are now mandatory in all public spaces, whether indoor or outdoor. This new directive requires Nevadans and visitors to wear face coverings when they are out in public, with limited exceptions as outlined in the link below. To keep businesses open and help slow the spread, face coverings are required and should be worn at all times. For more guidance on rules and exemptions, see here.
This directive comes after a four week climb in cases at which time the Governor asked the Nevada Medical Advisory Team to analyze potential options for slowing the spread, specific to facial coverings. Research done by the MAT and the CDC has indicated that facial coverings are one of the most effective ways to slow the transmission of this disease. The Governor has also stated that due to the data and time needed for evaluation of contact tracing and impacts of this new face covering directive, Phase 2 will be extended through the end of July.
UPDATE 7/9– Some bars and restaurants return to Phase 1– Gov. Steve Sisolak has recently announced that bars that don’t serve food will be forced to once again close in Clark and Washoe counties as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Nevada. The new directive, which has not been finalized, will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday 7/10.
Under the directive, bars will return to the same parameters that were in place during Phase One of the state’s reopening plan, meaning that bars, breweries and other drinking establishments that don’t serve food will still be allowed to offer curbside pickup.
The governor said that in order for the state to flatten the curve and slow the current surge in cases in Nevada, 95 percent of Nevadans need to wear a mask. The state’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has done more than 1,500 compliance checks on businesses in recent weeks and found that 79 percent were following the mandate.
Statewide Social Distancing Measures – Critical Strategy
“In the absence of treatments and vaccines proven to be safe and effective, nations around the world have turned to social distancing to avoid a spike in serious illnesses and deaths that could overwhelm the healthcare system. In the United States, the federal government, states, territorial and local governments have done the same. Fortunately, there is evidence that social distancing is effective at blunting the full force of COVID-19, saving lives and sparing the healthcare system from worst case scenarios.” – National Governor’s Association, Roadmap to Recovery
For communities and individuals:
• When go out, you must wear a face covering.
• Continue to avoid unnecessary social interactions.
• Stay within county of residence or employment as much as possible.
• Create more physical space between yourself and others.
• Keep at least six feet between yourself and others, whenever possible.
• Work from home, if possible.
• Avoid all nonessential travel.
• Avoid all nonessential social interactions.
• Public gatherings are now allowed to 250 people or 50% capacity, whichever is less, continue social distancing.
• Vulnerable populations (including older residents and those with underlying immunocompromising conditions) should continue to shelter in place.
Nevada’s Reopening continues
Update on schools: The Clark County School Board voted unanimously that the 2020-21 school year begin with full-time distance education. The board will require updates from health officials every 30 days on how Nevada is faring with the coronavirus pandemic to determine any changes to the distance-learning model as the year unfolds. Board members also voted to give district staff the option to work from home or in-person.
Update 6/10: Governor releases guidelines for Organized Youth Sports in general. They are in Practice Only at this time. Those guidelines can be seen here. Baseball and Softball to begin-Practice Only! See details here. Soccer (practice only) is also allowed to resume, see here.
The Governor also announced we are not yet ready to enter into Phase 3. This thing is not over yet, so we need to stay vigilant in protective measures. That includes staying home as much as possible, practicing social distancing and hand hygiene, and wearing masks in public.
You can view all past and current directives from Governor Sisolak here.
Outdoor spaces, small businesses, and select retail, under social distancing measures, hygiene, and occupancy controls. No social events or public gatherings over 50. Still encourage “Safer at Home.” Vulnerable populations should remain shelter at home. Strongly encourage face coverings use by all.
Please continue to spend time outdoors, as we have been encouraged to all along. Open spaces in parks are still available (minus playgrounds and restrooms) in small groups. Please remember to maintain proper distancing when out and about, and by choice, you can stay safer at home.
The general guidelines for Phase 2 have been released, but details about some industries or events still need to be finalized for Phase 2. So be on the lookout for updates.
Outdoor exercise is considered an essential activity, such as walking, hiking, running or biking.
Golf courses are open, with special rules in place for safety (one person per cart, etc)
Boating and fishing is permitted in very limited numbers. Boat rentals and camping is currently not allowed.
Garden stores and nurseries are open
More Las Vegas restaurants are opening. Not all restaurants will be ready to open to customers right now, but you can continue to support them if they offer pickup or delivery. Restaurants will adhere to Phase 1 guidelines AND…bar areas in restaurants may reopen, and bars and taverns that DO NOT serve food may reopen under the same restrictions – 50% maximum capacity and strict social distancing.
Grocery and big box stores are open.
Retail stores are now allowed to open with proper guidelines in place, such as:
● Ensure a minimum 6 feet between people, if not possible, install barriers
● Employers must perform daily symptom assessment of employees.**
● Employees must wear face coverings.
● Require employees to stay home if symptomatic
● Customers waiting to be seated must wait outside and must practice social distancing from people not in their household.
● Maximum occupancy for onsite dining must be 50% of the maximum seating capacity under normal circumstances, excluding bar seating.
● Close bar areas for seating.
● Buffets, cafeterias, and self-serve dining facilities are closed.
Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Nail Care Salons are now open, see their guidelines at the link below.
To see the rest of the Food Establishment guidelines and to check out all of the Industry Specific Guidelines for Nevada’s reopening, see here.
Phase 2 of Nevada’s Reopening
Gyms and fitness Facilities will be allowed to open with restrictions and larger gyms at 50% capacity. Group classes must be able to maintain 6 ft of space between people. Locker rooms shall be closed except for restrooms Facilities must close and prohibit use of showers, steam rooms, saunas, portable saunas, vapor baths, salt therapy rooms, hot tubs, and any other communal facilities.
Bar areas in restaurants may reopen- but bars, pubs and taverns in certain Nevada counties identified as having an elevated transmission risk will continue to remain closed. 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 apart. No congregating.
Salons and/or other businesses that provide aesthetic or other skin services may open under strict protocols and social distancing guidelines. These include facials, hair removal, tanning, eyelash services, eyebrow threading, salt therapy, estheticians. and other services. It will be appointment only, and estheticians, technicians, and other employees must wear face coverings.
Day and overnight spas may reopen to offer these services but may NOT open steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs or other communal facilities.
Massage services may also reopen under similar conditions, including by appointment only. Face coverings must be worn at all times by employees, including the masseuse.
Body art and piercing establishments may reopen in Phase 2, with strict guidelines and by appointment only.
Churches and Houses of Worship– Places of worship may reopen for services and gatherings of 50 or fewer people, provided that gatherings allow for six feet of social distancing between attendees.
Aquatic facilities and swimming pools may reopen. Water parks will also be able to reopen, at 50 percent capacity with strict social distancing requirements. Please see our post on Pools and Splash pads for links and more information.
- 2 Henderson Pools open May 30th- Black Mountain Aquatic Complex and Whitney Ranch Activity Pool will require a registration in advance. You can make reservations here up to 2 days in advance or 30 minutes prior. No walk-ups will be allowed.
City of Las Vegas splash pads, skate parks, volleyball courts and basketball courts will open through the weekend. City of Henderson splash pads, skate parks, BMX and sports fields are now open, as well as picnic reservations.
Battle Born Kids, a Henderson recreational program with supervised activities for ages 5-14 is available beginning May 11.
Kampfire Kids, a state-licensed Henderson preschool camp for ages 3-5 is available beginning June 1.
Museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums are now open, at no more than 50 percent of capacity and must maintain at least six feet of social distancing.
Indoor venues, like movie theaters, bowling alleys and indoor malls are reopening, again with occupancy restrictions. There will be similar restrictions for outdoor venues like mini golf and amusement parks.
Please check with any of the above businesses to be sure they have opened. You can visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/
Here’s what’s still Closed in Nevada
The following activities and businesses are still closed/prohibited, and will be scheduled to reopen incrementally in the future.
- Public gatherings of more than 250 or 50% capacity are still prohibited
- Brothels, adult entertainment establishments
- Nightclubs and Day Clubs
- Live sports with spectators
- Live performance venues with spectators
- Playgrounds and water fountains in parks currently remain closed, as well as Henderson Basketball courts
- Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals
- Visits to nursing home and care facilities
Your health is your decision
Even though things have reopened, it’s important for you to still consider your risk factors before you spend time in public or around others. If you, or people you have regular contact with, have high risk factors, you may want to continue to stay at home as much as possible.
If you do go out, PLEASE maintain proper distancing and wear a mask at all times in public places. Remember, your actions affect others, and won’t know if you are infected until it’s too late. Wearing a mask can help prevent you spreading it to others. If you or someone in your household is not feeling well, STAY HOME!
Everyone is capable of making the decisions that are right for themselves and their own families during Nevada’s reopening. Do what you feel is right for you, and don’t get worked up about what others are doing (unless of course, it directly effects you). We are all in this together, let’s work together and do what’s needed to get our state opened properly and our Nevadans back to work. Stay safe everyone!
Stay tuned for any updates regarding events and promotions around the city that may be affected by the current situation. We make every effort to make sure everything on Vegas Living on the Cheap is 100% accurate. Please bear with us as we navigate this new territory and strive to give you the most relevant information.
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