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Gov. Sisolak: Emergency declaration approved for COVID-19 response

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Posted at 10:13 AM, Apr 01, 2020

UPDATE APRIL 4: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced that he was notified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that his request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Nevada in response to the COVID-19 crisis has been approved.

Gov. Sisolak asked for the declaration in a letter to President Trump earlier this week to unlock additional federal assistance programs for Nevadans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am grateful to the President and federal government for their help, which will aid Nevada in responding and recovering effectively and efficiently from this disaster,” Gov. Sisolak said.

Governor Sisolak signed a state Declaration of Emergency for the COVID-19 outbreak on March 12, 2020, which is a required step to request a federal Major Disaster Declaration.

Today, Gov. Steve Sisolak formally issued a “Stay at Home” directive for Nevadans and extended the nonessential business, gaming and school closures and all other directives issued under the Emergency Declaration to April 30, 2020.

The governor has been asking Nevadans to “Stay Home for Nevada” since March 17 and has taken multiple steps since declaring a state of emergency on March 12 to protect Nevadans and encourage them to stay home and help flatten the curve. This directive reinforces the Governor’s earlier advisory for Nevadans to stay home and will go into effect at midnight on April 1, 2020.


“Today’s ‘Stay at Home’ directive strengthens the imperative that Nevadans must not leave their homes for nonessential activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19," said Governor Sisolak.

“This directive builds on previous directives around school closures, social distancing, closure of nonessential businesses, and bans on public gatherings of 10 or more people by requiring you stay at home unless leaving is absolutely necessary."

Essential employees should continue their work activities, making sure to take proper precautions, like frequent handwashing, staying home if they are sick and abiding by aggressive social distancing protocols.

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The directive also extends closure of nonessential businesses, gaming and schools through April 30, 2020. This change in time mirrors the latest guidance from the federal government.