Update On COVID-19 Task Force – Bars Reopening

Volume: 19 | Issue: 58
September 18, 2020

Nevada’s COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force met yesterday to review the action plans of the counties flagged for having an elevated risk of COVID-19 transmission. Eureka, Churchill and Washoe counties are no longer flagged as having met elevated disease criteria; Clark and Elko counties remain flagged, and Lyon County has again been flagged. Mineral County was newly added for elevated disease transmission.

Last week, the Task Force approved the reopening of bars in Nye and Washoe counties. This week, the Task Force approved the reopening of bars in Clark and Elko counties. As such, bars, pubs, taverns, breweries, distilleries and wineries in Clark and Elko counties can reopen Sunday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. The Task Force also announced that all counties in Nevada may now reopen bars within restaurants.

All reopened establishments must follow the statewide standards, which include limiting capacity to 50%, requiring face coverings for employees and patrons, limiting the size of parties to no more than 6, keeping tables, bar stools, and patrons not in the same party spaced 6 feet apart, and keeping congregation areas (such as billiards and dance floors) closed. Additionally, given the reopening of bar top gaming, the Nevada Gaming Control Board issued a Notice yesterday to remind licensees of their obligations to comply with the Board’s Health and Safety Policies.

The Task Force’s weekly press release includes materials summarizing these decisions as well as operating requirements for bars. Additionally, you can access this week’s county action plans and reports by NV OSHA, the Nevada Hospital Association, and the Nevada Department of Emergency Management on the Task Force’s web page.

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