Severity: Warning Alert
Transportation: As of July 13, officials in Nevada, US, have reimposed additional business restrictions in several counties, due to COVID-19 activity.
- Alert Begins: 13 Jul 2020 11:22 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 29 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nevada (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions
As of July 13, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has reimposed additional business restrictions in some counties, due to increases in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity within their jurisdictions.
Officials have ordered the closure of bars, distilleries, breweries, pubs, taverns, and wineries that do not sell food in seven counties. These counties meet at least two of the three criteria established to determine coinciding elevated disease transmission. As of July 13, those counties are:
- Clark, Elko, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Nye, and Washoe.
Officials will review the COVID-19 activity of the affected counties every 14 days. Previously, authorities in Nevada had ordered all persons above the age of nine to use face coverings outside of their homes, including on both public and private property. People who cannot wear or remove a mask due to a medical condition or disability are exempt from the requirement. Individuals who fail to comply with the order are subject to criminal prosecution.
The order also mandates businesses operating under the state's phased reopening plan to ensure all customers adhere to the requirement. Employers are also required to ensure that workers who directly interact with customers wear masks at all times. Authorities may close businesses that fail to comply with the order or suspend or revoke their licenses.
Other restrictions remain in effect. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited. All businesses allowed to open must limit the number of customers within their premises to 50 percent of their maximum capacity. Personal care businesses must provide services by appointment only. All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures and enforce social distancing standards between customers and employees. Companies are also encouraged to allow employees to work from home whenever possible, resume operations in stages, and close common areas. Essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare facilities, banks, fuel stations, and those involved in energy, transport, security, telecommunications, and critical infrastructure, have not been subject to mandatory closures. Officials also allowed gaming facilities to reopen and they ask anyone with COVID-19 symptoms to avoid entering Nevada.
Officials could amend the order on short notice, depending on disease activity in the coming weeks.
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.