Severity: Warning Alert
Transportation: As of July 29, officials in Nevada, US, have maintained additional business restrictions in several counties due to COVID-19 activity.
- Alert Begins: 29 Jul 2020 06:39 PM UTC
- Alert Expires: 12 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
- Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
- Location(s): Nevada (map)
- Time Frame: Indefinite
- Impact: Business disruptions
As of July 29, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has maintained additional business restrictions in four counties, due to increases in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity within their jurisdictions, while lifting them in another three.
Officials have ordered bars, distilleries, breweries, pubs, taverns, and wineries that do not sell food to remain closed in the counties of Clark, Elko, Nye, and Washoe through at least early August. These counties meet at least two of the three criteria established to determine elevated disease transmission. These same restrictions were lifted in Humboldt, Lander, and Lyon. Officials will review the COVID-19 activity of the affected counties every 14 days.
Authorities in Nevada plan to release new statewide guidelines in early August; meanwhile, previously imposed orders remain in place. All persons above the age of nine must 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 have asked 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.
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.