LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced Sunday that he will implement a three-week “statewide pause” to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The pause will take effect Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 12:01 a.m.
It includes tightened restrictions on businesses, as well as both public and private gatherings. The new restrictions will reduce the capacity limits for restaurants, bars, gyms, and casinos to 25% or 50 people, whichever is less.
They will also apply to private gatherings, including on Thanksgiving, when private celebrations will be limited to no more than 10 people, from no more than two households.
Governor Sisolak also touched on the topic of schools reopening or switching to hybrid plans, which has been a point of contention within the CCSD Board of Trustees over the past month.
Sisolak encouraged school districts to “reprioritize keeping our kids in the classroom or getting them there.” He spoke on the current mental health crisis, mentioning that a student as young as 8 years old committed suicide during this pandemic.
The state has released guidance for businesses during this “statewide pause.” You can find their full list of restrictions below:
Caesars Entertainment also responded to the governor’s new “statewide pause” on social media Sunday evening:
It has been nearly two weeks since the governor announced the “Stay at Home 2.0” initiative, where he asked all Nevadans to buckle down and prevent further spread of the virus statewide by staying home and following basic safety guidelines.
On Saturday, the state surpassed 2,000 COVID-19-related deaths with the addition of 29.
More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in Nevada in 18 of the past 19 days, and the test positivity rate continues to climb.
Nevada is reporting 2,155 positive COVID-19 tests and six new deaths today.