Nevada casinos, restaurants and bars return to 50% of their capacity

With little fanfare from the state, Nevada reopened casinos, restaurants and bars to 50% capacity on Monday, March 15. Roadmap to recovery, increases the capacity of a one-month mandate by 35% in Nevada’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, a battle that began nearly a year ago when the state shut down all non-essential businesses – including casinos, restaurants, and bars – March 17, 2020.

The state has also lifted capacity limits for events, which can now accommodate up to 50% of their capacity or up to 250 people, whichever is less, if the organizer submits plans to the Ministry of Commerce and Of the industry. “We bet on safety,” Governor Steve Sisolak wrote on his Facebook page. “The health and safety of workers, residents and visitors to Nevada remains the top priority. “

In November, Nevada limited restaurants to 25% of capacity with a maximum of four people per table to slow the spread of COVID-19. On February 15, the state allowed restaurants and bars to offer a 35 percent capacity and a maximum of six people per table.

Social distancing, including six feet between tables, and mandatory indoor and outdoor mask orders when social distancing is not possible remain in effect.

Nevada reported 222 new coronavirus cases and one death on Sunday. Since the start of the pandemic, the state Department of Health and Human Services has recorded 299,287 cases and 5,118 deaths. Health officials are monitoring the state’s two-week positivity rate as a key metric, and that number remained at 5.8% on Sunday. That number in Clark County, home to Las Vegas, remained at 6.1%. The Southern Nevada Health District recorded 161 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the local total to 231,277, with 4,004 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The state has previously indicated that if the number of COVID-19 continues to decline, then counties will have the power to expand openings on May 1.

On March 11, the Southern Nevada Health District and the State of Nevada announced that employees of restaurants, bars and hotels can now make an appointment to receive either the first of two doses of COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, either the single dose version of Johnson & Johnson.

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