Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Thursday his plan to begin easing capacity restrictions across the state and start transitioning power back into the local governments.
Starting Monday, Feb. 15, businesses will be allowed to increase to 35 percent of 50 percent of fire code occupancy, depending on state-determined “risk levels.”
Public gatherings and events will be allowed to be held at up-to 100 people, and event planners will be allowed to submit large gathering plans to health officials.
No “large” scale public events will be allowed to be resume until Mar. 1 and until local and state authorities approve the plan, officials said.
Restaurants and bars will also be allowed to operate at 35 percent indoor capacity with no specific limit in reference to outdoor dining, as long as they are adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Libraries, museums, art galleries, aquariums and zoos will be among the first types of businesses that will be allowed to return to pre-“statewide pause” levels.
A month later, all remaining business types and events will be allowed to operate at previous levels, including 50 percent capacity and 250-person limit public gatherings.
Notably, a memo noted that youth and adult recreational sports will be allowed to resume effective Mar. 15 including tournaments will approval from state health authorities.
Discussions with the NIAA were underway, amid recent calls from high school athletes and
Eventually, the goal is to revert control back into local governments, but Gov. Sisolak did not specify whether closed businesses like brothels and nightclubs would be allowed to reopen.
“Statewide directives that will remain in place, but not limited to: face-covering mandate and social distancing safety protocols,” a document released by the governor’s office read.
Other authorities like the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board and the Nevada Gaming Control Board would be responsible for their respective venues.
“This plan gives us 75 days to trust the science, listen to our public health experts, mask up, get a vaccine if eligible, practice social distancing and see our numbers decline,” Gov. Sisolak said.
He also addressed immunization efforts, stating that these measures were still necessary because the state was not short of vaccinations, but rather “short on vaccines.”
The governor also addressed recent pressure to place students back into in-person learning in light of a rampant vaccination effort underway in Clark County.
“These children, our educators, our bus drivers, our school nurses – they are worth protecting and prioritizing in this moment,” he said.