Nevada Gaming Control Addresses May 1 Change To COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

Volume: 20 | Issue: 28
April 28, 2021

Many of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation measures are transferring to local control on May 1, with the exception of the Baseline Statewide Mitigation Measures set forth in Section 8 of Emergency Directive 44. For gaming licensees, however, the Nevada Gaming Control Board assumes control of COVID-19 mitigation measures. As such, on April 26, Gaming Control issued a new notice for gaming licensees to follow.

In this notice, Gaming Control essentially directs licensees to comply with their county’s local plans (assuming the local plan has been approved) and the statewide baseline mitigation measures (which include the mask mandate). The Board’s notice sets forth each county’s capacity limits and social distancing requirements.

The notice also carefully limits the Board’s authority to gaming areas by stating: “Authority to limit occupancy and to establish social distancing restrictions for other parts of a casino property, including restaurants, retail establishments, resort lounge areas, and other common areas is delegated to local governments under Emergency Directive 044, Section 18, Paragraph 2 pursuant to an endorsed COVID-19 Local Mitigation and Enforcement Plan (Local Plan), required by Emergency Directive 044, Section 2.”

Effective May 1, the Board’s former health and safety policies for reopening are rescinded. For nonrestricted licensees, the Board has issued a new document: Health and Safety Policy for Continued Mitigation of the Spread of COVID-19.

If you have questions about these changes, please contact a KZA attorney. 

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