CARSON CITY, Nev. (KLAS) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak set a goal Tuesday of having every Nevada county reopen to 100% capacity by June 1.
“I am pleased to announce that I am confident every county in the state of Nevada will be able to fully reopen at 100% capacity by June 1,” the governor said during a news conference.
The state will hand over the control of mitigation measures to local counties on May 1.
Clark County released its proposed local mitigation and enforcement plan. You can view the full proposal in the file below. The Clark County Commission will vote on it Tuesday, April 20, at 9 a.m.
“We will do whatever we can to help counties get there,” the governor said, adding he is also setting a statewide goal of removing social distancing mandates for May 1.
“To be clear, this does not mean that social distancing will no longer exist in the state,” Sisolak said. “Every health official will agree that it’s still an important prevention tool. This just means that the state will no longer be setting the requirements. That authority will also now transition to the counties so they can make decisions based on what works best for their local jurisdictions.”
Dr. Robin Titus, Nevada Assembly minority leader, issued a statement regarding social distancing, writing:
This is a political calculation amid the most progressive and partisan session in history.
Obviously, this is not based on the supposed science that we’ve been using for the past year and instead on re-election efforts.”Dr. Robin Titus, Nevada Assembly minority leader
The Nevada Gaming Control Board will continue to set the rules for gaming floors and casinos. The board has stressed vaccine penetration among employees is key to casinos reopening.
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Right now, gaming floors are limited to a 50% capacity. Starting May 1, control of capacity limits will move from state officials to the gaming board.
Nevada’s COVID-19 test positivity rate climbed above 5% on Monday, according to data released Tuesday. The rate has been steadily rising for the past eight days and currently stands at 5.2%, no longer meeting the CDC’s recommended rate of 5%.
Vaccine data, updated every other weekday by the state’s health department, shows nearly 20% of Nevada’s population is now vaccinated, a number that should grow rapidly over the next few weeks.