NV closes bars, restricted gaming sites amid Covid-19 spike

13 July 2020

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered all bars – including those in Las Vegas casinos – and restricted gaming locations in seven counties to close for at least two weeks amid rising cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the state.

In an emergency order issued Friday (July 10), Sisolak announced that the measures would apply to “elevated disease transmission” counties, based on three criteria. A county would need to meet two of the criteria to fall under the scope of the order.

This would mean it has two of: fewer than 150 Covid-19 tests per 100,000 residents per day; a case rate higher than 100 per 100,000 citizens; or has more than 7% of tests come back positive.

Currently this applies to seven counties; Clark (including Las Vegas); Elko; Humboldt; Lander; Lyon, Nye and Washoe County.

As such, bars, pubs, taverns, distilleries, breweries, and wineries that don’t serve food, as well as restricted gaming locations – venues that are licensed to offer slot machines – must shut their doors. Those that do serve food will be allowed to remain open, and still limited to 50% capacity.

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