On November 22, Governor Sisolak announced what he described as a three week “pause” entailing stricter restrictions on businesses and individuals across the state in response to steadily increasing COVID-19 case numbers. The new restrictions will remain in place for a minimum of three weeks that began Nov. 24 and will be reviewed as reductions in new cases are observed by public health officials.
Summarized below are the major points of Directive 35:
Masks are required at all times, except at in homes and when with immediate household members. This applies both indoors and outdoors.
Restaurant and bars will be reduced from 50% to 25% dine-in capacity with strict social distancing requirements. No more than 4 people may be seated per table. Reservations are required, no walk-ins will be allowed with the exception of fast food and fast casual establishments. This also applies to bars and restaurants in casinos as well.
Gyms and fitness facilities will be reduced to 25% capacity and face masks will be required of staff and patrons all times. No exemptions will be permitted unless patrons are actively drinking.
Retail establishments will remain at 50% capacity. Big box stores will need to provide monitors and additional signage to ensure proper capacity and distance between customers. There will be special mitigation requirements for stores of 50,000 sq. feet and larger.
Gaming floors will be reduced to 25% capacity.
Houses of Worship, museums and art galleries capped at 50 people or 25%, which is ever is less.
Gatherings in private residences are now capped at 10 people from no more than 2 households, with masks required. This applies to both indoor and outdoor gatherings.
Larger events for the next three weeks will not be approved. If they are already approved, they must be canceled.
Hair salons, nail salons, tattoo paroles, spas and massage will not see changes at this time and may remain at 50%.
Schools and childcare centers that are operating currently do not face any regulatory change.