Severity: Warning

Transportation: Authorities in Nevada, US, ease coronavirus disease-related restrictions on certain businesses in some counties as of Sept. 23. 

Alert Begins 23 Sep 2020 06:44 PM UTC
Alert Expires 07 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC


  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nevada (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business disruptions

Authorities in Nevada have eased some business restrictions in two of the state's 16 counties due to a decrease in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity as of Sept. 23. Under the new guidelines, bars, breweries, distilleries, pubs, taverns, wineries, and bar areas within restaurants may reopen at 50-percent capacity in Clark and Elko counties. The same measures are in effect in the rest of the state.

Statewide, previously imposed orders remain in place. All persons above the age of nine must use protective face coverings outside of their homes. People who cannot wear protective face coverings due to a medical condition or disability are exempt from the requirement.

Authorities have issued guidelines for gyms, recreation facilities, personal care services, shopping malls, and other establishments that reopen. Generally, businesses must comply with social distancing standards, operating capacity limitations, and enhanced hygienic procedures. Businesses are responsible for ensuring all customers adhere to the requirements. Employers are also required to ensure that workers who directly interact with customers wear protective face coverings at all times.

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.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

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.


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