We’ve been Staying Safe here in Nevada for over a year now. Most of you are already out and about, but precautions must still be made for public health and safety at this time. After a statewide pause this winter, Nevada’s reopening is now moving forward and getting closer to the full “pre-pause measures” we experienced in the fall.
Governor Sisolak has recently announced a gradual increase in capacity limitations, which will ultimately return some industries to “pre-pause” levels by Spring. He outlined his Roadmap to Recovery Safe Reopening Plan for Nevada in an phased approach.
Under the new measures, which go into effect February 15th, specific businesses will be moving to 35% capacity based on their risk level and the guidance of health experts. These include:
- places of worship
- fitness facilities
- gaming floors
- bowling alleys
- pool halls
Libraries, museums, aquariums, art galleries and zoos will move to 50% capacity again.
Additionally, public gatherings will be increased once again to 100 people or 35 percent capacity, whichever is less. For large events, organizations must submit event plans for events taking place after March 1st. Large event gatherings that are approved will by capped at 20% of total fixed seating. Nevadans must wear face coverings at all times, whether indoors or outdoors, when around individuals from outside their households.
Nevada’s Reopening Moving Forward
Beginning March 15 through May 1, all businesses capped at 35% capacity limits will move up to 50% capacity and public gatherings will transition from 250 people to 50% capacity. This move will include retail stores, indoor malls and community recreation centers.
At that time, however, non-essential businesses, such as Spas, Nail Salons, and Hair Salons, which bring people into close contact will remain under strict guidelines approved by the State. All nightclubs, dayclubs and brothels will remain closed until at least May 1.
Nevada’s Mitigation Measures – Critical Strategy
“May 1 marks the date where we hope to reach our ultimate goal of transitioning mitigation management to local authority.” – Governor Steve Sisolak
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.
• Vulnerable populations (including older residents and those with underlying immunocompromising conditions) should continue to shelter in place.
Governor Sisolak has 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 continue to 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.
Nevada’s new moratorium will also apply to tenants who can’t pay their rent but will not bar all evictions. Exceptions include lease breaches, unlawful activity and nuisance issues. This moratorium will last until March 31, 2021.
Nevada’s Reopening: What’s happening now
Just as the State has operated since the start of the pandemic, the State will remain flexible and if situations change, the State will adjust. A full list of the current mitigation measures can be found online at NVHealthResponse.nv.gov.
Outdoor spaces, small businesses, and select retail, under social distancing measures, hygiene, and occupancy controls. No social events or public gatherings over 100 individuals or 35% capacity. Still encourage “Safer at Home” for vulnerable populations, who should remain at home at their own discretion. Use of face coverings is mandatory in NV unless eating or drinking.
Please continue to spend time outdoors, as we have been encouraged to all along. Please remember to maintain proper distancing when out and about, or by choice, you can stay safer at home.
Las Vegas restaurants are open.
- Restaurants and Bars may continue to operate under strict social distancing requirements at 35% occupancy-indoors. Outdoor dining will not have capacity limitations.
- No more than 6 patrons per table, beginning February 15, and seating at bar or counter tops must continue to be socially distanced under the existing guidelines.
- Restaurants and bars that serve food, reservations are no longer required beginning February 15th.
Grocery and big box stores are open.
Retail stores are 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
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.
Gyms and fitness Facilities, Dance and Martial Arts type studios: Operating at 25% capacity.
- They may operate with no more than 25% occupancy under strict social distancing requirements.
- We are also strengthening our mask mandate with no exceptions for indoor exercise. Masks MUST be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, unless you’re actively drinking. If the activity is too strenuous to be done while wearing a mask properly, you must seek an alternative.
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– Faith gatherings and houses of worship are limited to 25 percent of fire code capacity at this time. See the full list of Safety Guidance for Places of Worship.
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 limited numbers.
Garden stores and nurseries are open
Aquatic facilities and swimming pools are open. Water parks should 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.
City of Las Vegas splash pads, skate parks, volleyball courts and basketball courts are open. 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.
Kampfire Kids, a state-licensed Henderson preschool camp for ages 3-5 is available.
Other businesses at 5o% capacity:
- Museums, Art Galleries, Libraries;
- Zoos & Aquariums;
- Arcades, Racetracks, Bowling Alleys, Mini Golf will stay at 35% capacity
- Amusement and Theme Parks and other similar activities also 35% capacity;
- Additionally, Gaming operations are restricted to have no more than 35% occupancy and must operate pursuant to requirements issued by the Nevada Gaming Control Board, including health and safety policies.
Indoor venues, like movie theaters, bowling alleys and indoor malls are opening, 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/
Update on CCSD schools
UPDATE: CCSD’S implementation of the hybrid instructional model for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 began on Monday, March 1, 2021, for students. Throughout the second semester, the District will work to transition additional grade levels to the hybrid instructional model beginning April 6.
Governor Sisolak also stated that they are working on Youth Sports through this week. His priority right now is getting kids back in the classroom first before focusing on allowing student athletes on the court.
On January 14, 2021, the Clark County School District Board of Trustees approved a plan to transition students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3 into the hybrid instructional model.
In January 2021, CCSD’s Board of School Trustees approved the Superintendent’s recommendation that schools invite individual or small groups of students back to campus on a voluntary basis to participate in:
- Social-emotional wellness supports and interventions.
- Academic screenings, interventions and small-group instruction.
At this time there is not a set timeline for welcoming individual and small groups to school campuses. School administration will work with their campus communities to determine the best course of action for which individual and small groups should be invited to campus on a voluntary basis.
Mandatory Face Coverings in Nevada
Governor Sisolak announced in June that face coverings are now mandatory in all public spaces, whether indoor or outdoor, and that is still in effect for 2021. This 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 as part of the current mitigation measures. For more guidance on rules and exemptions, see here.
This directive came 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 said that this effort to return to business as usual is in the hands of every Nevadan, so please do your part. If you are interested in a vaccine, you can get information for that and see who is currently being vaccinated here.
You can view all past and current directives from Governor Sisolak here.
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 no more than 100 people or 35% capacity are still prohibited
- Brothels, adult entertainment establishments
- Nightclubs and Day Clubs
- Live sports with spectators
- Live performance venues with spectators
- Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals
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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