Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak will allow the state’s businesses to reopen fully starting June 1st, ending social distance requirements a month earlier. Local Health officials will control COVID restrictions by that date.
“After extensive conversations with state health officials, & with the goal to reopen to 100% capacity across Nevada by June 1, we will remove the Statewide required social distancing mandate as of May 1,” said Sisolak in a Tweet.
The state’s Hospitality and Tourism industries have largely suffered during the pandemic, with the state’s initial lockdown disrupting thousands of jobs in Reno and Las Vegas. A gradual decline in cases in 2021 has allowed trade shows and conventions to operate at half capacity from 35% in March.
Despite the relaxation of these restrictions, masks will still be mandated in public indoor areas. “Counties have no ability to pass resolutions or create plans that attempt to override this mandate, Sisolak says. “This measure will remain in place to protect the health and safety of Nevadans and help get the state to a full reopening.”
“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.”
Pasquale Rotella just announced plans to hold Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas on the weekend of May 23rd. Though the Nevada Department of Business and Industry confirmed that Insomniac’s initial COVID protocol plan was not approved, the promoter continues to work with Clark County officials when they take over COVID restriction planning on May 1st.