Bars, Taverns To Remain Closed In Las Vegas For Now

Two New Counties Added To "High Risk" List. One Dropped

Associated Press
August 28, 2020 - 5:20 am
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Bars and taverns in the Las Vegas and Reno areas will remain closed after Clark and Washoe counties didn’t offer new proposals Thursday to the state task force responsible for approving virus prevention plans.

The task force kept existing plans in place in counties flagged as high-risk. Meanwhile, bars can remain open in Lander County and all of Nye County except Pahrump.

Bars will remain closed in Elko County, despite requests from local officials to reopen. Health officials flagged Churchill and Lyon counties and removed Humboldt County from their list of high-risk counties.

Residents and businesses in all counties remain subject to Nevada’s mask mandate and limits on large gatherings.

Nevada reported 554 additional coronavirus cases and 21 deaths on Thursday, bringing the statewide totals to 67,220 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 1,271 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Nevada officials have long pointed to private gatherings like backyard barbecues as responsible for the continual spread of the coronavirus.

The task force voted to maintain closures and rejected house parties as a justification to reopen bars.