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Gov. Sisolak announces Nevada Phase 1 reopening starts May 9

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Posted at 7:52 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 17:31:20-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says the state will begin Phase 1 of the reopening process on May 9. The announcement was made during a 3 p.m. press conference Thursday.


"There has been a downward trend of COVID-19 cases to be able to start Phase 1 of reopening Nevada," Gov. Sisolak said.

He encouraged everyone to wear face coverings while in public with businesses requiring employees who interact with customers also to wear masks.

Restaurants can open for dine-in following the proper guidelines with seating limited to no more than 50% capacity, tables spaced at least 6 feet apart and reservations required.

Barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons can also reopen following proper guidelines that include partitions/walls between each work station, or the business must only use every other chair with at least 6 feet of separation. Services must also be provided through appointment only with no walk-ins and face coverings required, according to the governor.

Retail businesses can also reopen under strict social distancing requirements with the governor continuing to encourage to promote and continue online or call-in ordering with pick up or delivery operations.

Open-air malls may open following the retail business standards, according to Gov. Sisolak, while indoor malls will remain closed to the public with curbside or pick up operations.

Gov. Sisloak also said retail cannabis dispensaries are encouraged to continue curbside, delivery and pick up operations, but may conduct in-store sales after submitting a plan and receiving approval from the Marijuana Enforcement Division.

However, certain businesses that will not be able to reopen during Phase 1, according to the governor, include:

-Nightclubs & taverns that aren't currently open and don't have a license to serve food
-Gyms and fitness facilities, including yoga and spin facilities
-Strip clubs and brothels
-Spas, tanning salons, massage parlors, body art & body piercing establishments.
-Entertainment & recreational venues such as bowling alleys, movie theaters (except drive-ins), sporting event venues, arcades, & recreational and community centers

Gov. Sisolak says he expects Phase 1 to last 2-3 weeks with a tentative expiration date of May 30.

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— KTNV Action News (@KTNV) May 7, 2020