Warning Alert

Authorities in Nevada, US, ease coronavirus disease-related gathering restrictions as of Oct. 2. Other restrictions remain in place. 

Alert Begins 02 Oct 2020 08:25 PM UTC
Alert Expires 23 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

 

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

 

Summary
Authorities in Nevada have eased some gathering restrictions due to a decrease in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the state. As of Oct. 2, indoor and outdoor events have up to 250 people in attendance or 50-percent of the venue's occupancy capacity, whichever is less. Large venues which can hold in excess of 2,500 people or more may operate at 10-percent capacity, so long as proper social-distancing measures can be maintained. Conferences, conventions, and similar events may proceed with up to 1,000 attendees, provided they can be divided into groups of 250 persons or 50 percent of the room's capacity, whichever is less, and follow social-distancing procedures. At private residences, gatherings remain limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. Facemasks continue to be mandatory at gatherings.

Statewide, other restrictions remain in place. All persons above the age of nine must use protective facemasks 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 allowed to 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.

 

Advice
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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