LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation & Management Task Force voted Thursday to allow Clark County bars, taverns, wineries, and similar businesses to reopen. The establishments will reopen this Sunday, effective at 11:59 p.m.

However, the bars, wineries, and taverns have to make sure they are following COVID-19 guidelines and operate at 50% capacity. In addition, at a minimum, the reopened businesses must follow statewide standards and enforcement measures, which also include required face coverings for employees and customers. 

Clark County released a video on YouTube so that the different establishments will know the requirements.

Due to increased restrictions being lifted on all bars statewide, following Thursday’s actions by the Task Force for Clark and Elko, owners and patrons are encouraged to reacquaint themselves with the statewide standards in the following guidance documents:  Bars, Pubs, Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries, Taverns & Bar Areas within Restaurants, and Bar Mitigation Measures and Restrictions Updates.

The following is a summary of the information presented by Clark County to the Task Force at Thursday’s public meeting helped the Task Force make its decision.

Clark County Assessment Summary:

  • Clark County continues to meet 2 of the 3 elevated disease transmission criteria.
  • Clark’s test positivity rate dropped 2.6% since last week (now at 8.6%), demonstrating positive returns on its comprehensive action plan previously approved by the Task Force.  Clark’s case rate continues to drop and is above the threshold for the average number of tests per day.
  • Clark reports sufficient hospital capacity throughout the region.
  • Clark County is currently conducting a testing program with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the State of Nevada to administer up to 60,000 additional drive-through coronavirus tests over 14 days at three separate locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley at no cost to individuals. The additional testing runs through September 18.

Governor Steve Sisolak sent the following statement:

“I am beyond thrilled that the hard work of Nevada’s residents and businesses has resulted in our COVID-19 data trending in a positive direction, allowing the Task Force to lift restrictions on bars in counties that previously had these mitigation measures in place due to their transmission risk levels.

I have consistently been in support of safely lifting restrictions and reopening areas of our economic and social life based on improvements in our data, in addition to strong participation and enforcement plans from local governments. The work completed by the Task Force over previous weeks, in addition to their recent actions, represent the State’s commitment to a transparent process, a safe reopening, and coordinated partnerships with our local governments.
I want to thank the Task Force and local governments for their work toward helping to accomplish our overall goal: safely lift restrictions based on data so our businesses can succeed and our workers can get back on the job.”

Gov. Steve Sisolak, D-NV