Nevada to institute new COVID-19 rules Tuesday

Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, casinos to 25% capacity

Paul Ihander
November 22, 2020 - 5:23 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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Nevada will roll back capacity limits at restaurants and casinos Tuesday, and will add a mask wearing mandate at all times.  Governor Steve Sisolak announced a series of new defensive social and economic measures on Sunday, designed to halt a rapidly increasing caseload of COVID-19 in the state.  No new businesses will be closed, and there is no ordered shutdown or curfew like neighboring states.  It is a "pause" lasting for at least three weeks. 

Sisolak says Tuesday at 1201a, restaurants, bars and casinos will roll back to 25% of capacity.  People wanting to dine indoors will be limited to parties of four, and reservations will be required.

The Governor also placed limits on public gatherings at places like churches, weddings and casino showrooms, taking those down to 50 people (or 25% of fire code, whichever number is smaller), and wants private gatherings be limited to 10 people, with no more than two households.  He also asked grocery stores to monitor capacity at the door.   He stressed these actions needed to work.

He tied education to the economy, saying the full economy isn't in place unless schools are open.  Youth and adult sports tournaments will be on hold during the period.

On Sunday, the state's test positivity rate for COVID-19 stands at 16.5%.  California is at 6.1%.  Arizona is at 18.2%.  Utah is at 19.4%  The World Health Organization goal is 5%.