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As Las Vegas temperatures rise, pools and water parks allowed to reopen

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Posted at 8:13 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 00:39:33-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada is getting closer to being back in business. Late Tuesday night, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Nevada will be headed into phase 2 starting May 29.

Businesses that have been closed for weeks will be allowed to welcome customers again. Those include pools, water parks, bars, massage parlors, gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and indoor malls among other industries, but strict 6 foot social distancing is required. Capacity will be capped at 50% of building fire codes.

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The governor says Nevada will welcome back visitors starting June 4. That's the same day gaming establishments are on target for a phased reopening.

Phase 2 starts just as the Las Vegas valley is under an excessive heat warning. For people wanting to head out and hit the public pools, there will be some guidelines in place.

During phase 2, locker rooms in aquatic facilities and swimming pools will not be allowed to reopen and these facilities will be limited to 50% of capacity. Water parks will also be able to reopen, at 50 percent capacity with strict social distancing requirements.

Cowabunga Bay water park has been shut down for more than 2 months now.

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Cowabunga Bay will open over the weekend for season pass holders starting May 29 and then to the public on June 1 and its a much awaited day for owner Shane Huish.

He says the family business has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars after being shut down so they're in a bind right now. Next time anyone walks in the park, there will be some big changes.

"You are going to see limited capacity on some of the attractions, social distancing in some of the que lines, and we have doubled our janitorial staff, so doubled our cleaning. You will also see a difference in loading of the slides. A lot of times groups are paired together, but now we will only be grouping family members together," Huish said.

Employees will be required to use face masks. Hand sanitizers will be added throughout the park and contactless payment options will be added among other things.