Nevada’s casinos and other nonessential businesses will operate at 25% capacity for at least three weeks beginning Tuesday, November 24, as part of a new set of measures announced by Governor Steve Sisolak over the weekend, already that the state is looking to address a new wave of Covid-19 cases.
Governor Sisolak warned state casino operators that the entire force of the Nevada Gaming Control Board would be behind the implementation of the new measures and that state gambling establishments will “suffer the consequences” if they fail to comply with the new requirements.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, occupancy limitations at Nevada casinos would be reduced to half to 25%. In March, when the coronavirus first struck, gambling venues in the state were ordered to close completely and remain closed until further notice. They were allowed to resume operations at 50% capacity in early June.
The nearly three-month shutdown resulted in massive job cuts and historic unemployment rates in most of the state. He also loaded the Nevada budget with a billion dollar deficit.
During a press conference on Sunday, Governor Sisolak said the new measures and restrictions were imposed by the “Fast track” the state was in and that threatened to overwhelm its healthcare system and its employees.
Governor Sisolak said Sunday that the size of the event’s meetings, including in the complex’s showrooms and churches, would be reduced to a maximum of 50 attendees of a maximum of 250 attendees.
This is meant to put more pressure on the Nevada convention industry, which had just started to gain some momentum under the 250-person limit. According to industry experts, the new 50-person limit could result in the cancellation of shows on the Las Vegas Strip.
Restaurants and bars serving food too they will drop to 25% of their capacity. These are also currently operating at 50% capacity. Governor Sisolak said these establishments will have to accept reservations. Tables of more than four people would not be allowed. Nor will diners be allowed without prior reservation.
Nevada’s top official said he understands that “most of our bars and restaurants are doing their best, but these environments have been shown to be high risk because they allow the opportunity for people to remove their face covers in indoor settings around people outside their home ”and that is how“ the virus spreads. ”
Private meetings across the state they will be limited to 10 or fewer attendees. Individuals attending these private gatherings who are not part of the immediate household are encouraged to wear face masks regardless of whether the visit takes place indoors or outdoors.
Retail establishments will be allowed to continue operating at 50% of its capacity, but gyms will be required to meet the 25% capacity limit. Clients of those centers will be required to wear face masks at all times.