Governor: Bars To Reopen In Three Nevada Counties

Promises Extensive Reopening Plan For The State To Be Unveiled August 3

Paul Ihander
July 27, 2020 - 6:15 pm
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak speaks during a press conference in the Nevada State Legislature Building in Carson City on June 24, 2020.

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Governor Sisolak reopened bars in three rural Nevada counties Monday, leaving restrictions in place for the state's largest counties, like Clark and Washoe, for the forseeable future.  At a Monday afternoon news conference, Sisolak says the state was compiling a strategy for reopening segmented business openings in the future, promising a thorough plan would be released August 3.  

The governor says the thorough plan would involve the dissolution of the "phase system" (Nevada is in a Phase 2 of reopening) and have updated criteria on reopening certain industries.

Sisolak was clear about the fate of businesses that repeatedly fail to follow health and safety guidelines, saying they could be closed, and adding, "to put it bluntly, the time for education is over.”   He says a new directive to extend the current restrictions and provisions will be put in place later this week.

The Governor also talked about planning for a second special legislative session to deal with criminal justice, housing and worker protection, but says the date would be in flux.