LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is adjusting the group gathering limit to 250 people — five times the current limit of 50 people under COVID-19 regulations.

The change will take effect Thursday, Oct. 1.

This means that many events can soon return to Nevada, including live performances and church services.


Gov. Sisolak says gatherings will now be capped at 250 people — or 50 percent of the capacity of a venue, whichever is less.

And that’s in addition to the staff putting on the event.

For a full summary of today’s announcements and guidance, see:

Nevada Guidance for Safe Gatherings.

The governor adds that larger events can happen — at places such as the Thomas & Mack Center and Allegiant Stadium — but they must meet extensive requirements. Only the state can approve larger events.

Conventions and trade shows will also be capped at 250 people, but the governor says if certain standards are met there can be up to 1,000 people in attendance.

Gov. Sisolak says this rollout is the safest option for Nevada.

“We will be the safest destination. We will open up in a safe manner, where you will feel safe. When it comes to Nevada, the health and safety of workers is too precious to manage a gradual reopening any other way.”

The governor also announced that there will be fewer restrictions on playgrounds.

And realtors may now resume in-person showings and open houses.

The governor says he’s working on creating guidance for youth sports, and he expects to have an update on that in the next seven to 10 days.

This was his first in a series of press conferences announcing updates to the current Statewide Mitigation Standards, according to a news release from the governor’s office.