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Nevada Eases COVID Restrictions (Slightly) As New Cases Decline

Step by step, inch by inch…

Nevada’s Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced slightly loosened restrictions in the Silver State (my state) regarding coronavirus guidelines as confirmed cases have slowly trended downward.

In November, the governor ordered a “statewide pause” as COVID-19 statistics were climbing dramatically.

At their peak, the test positivity rate in the state was 21.6 percent and the state reported 3,402 new confirmed cases in a single day. On Thursday, health officials reported the test positivity rate had declined to a 14.3 percent and 529 new confirmed cases for the day.

Beginning Monday, February 15:

• Capacity caps on bars and restaurants increase from 25% to 35% for indoor dining and lifting all capacity limits for outdoor dining.

• Churches, mosques, casino floors and gyms will be able to accept up to 35% of fire code capacity, with the exception of locker rooms, which will be allowed to accommodate 50% of fire code capacity.

• Libraries, museums and art galleries may accept up to 50% capacity.

• The current 10-person cap on private gatherings for outdoor gatherings specifically, may increase to 25 people or less.

• The cap for public events (concerts, shows, entertainment) currently at 50 people or 25% of venue capacity may increase to 100 people or 35% of venue capacity, whichever is less.

Strip clubs, karaoke bars and brothels will remain closed at least until May 1, when the state gives some control to local authorities.

On March 15, the businesses under 35% capacity will be allowed to return to 50% capacity; limits on public events will be loosened to 50% of venue capacity or 250 people; and recreational sports will be allowed to resume.

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