Nevada’s Public Accommodation Facilities Should Approach The CDC’s New Isolation & Quarantine Guidance With Caution

Volume: 20 | Issue: 81
December 30, 2021

Public accommodation facilities in Clark and Washoe counties that are subject to the COVID-19 protocols of former Senate Bill 4 (now set forth at Nevada Revised Statutes 447.300-447.355) will want to be careful with the new isolation and quarantine guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Under Nevada Revised Statutes 447.345, these facilities must grant employees “not more than 3 days of time off to await testing and testing results” if they are exposed to COVID-19 at work or if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Additional time off may be required if there is a delay in testing. If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or is otherwise diagnosed with COVID-19, they “must be allowed to take at least 14 days off.”

Thus, a Nevada public accommodation facility in Clark or Washoe county cannot simply adopt the CDC’s new guidance for isolation and quarantine. While Senate Bill 386 changed some of the COVID-19 requirements for public accommodation facilities (and made the time off unpaid for some employees), these facilities should, for now, continue to follow the isolation and quarantine time periods required by Nevada law.

Hopefully, the Nevada Health Response, the counties, or Nevada’s Department of Health and Human Services will provide some type of guidance to Nevada’s public accommodation facilities in the days to come. In the meantime, please contact a KZA attorney to discuss your options and obligations in more detail. 

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