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Nevada Gov. Sisolak: 'We want to assure people can book a convention here'

Posted at 9:13 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 09:34:58-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak says convention business can return to Las Vegas amid the pandemic while adhering to safety protocols.

"I've talked to resort properties on conventions booked a week or two out and we want to assure people that they can book a convention here of reasonable size that fits our parameters," Gov. Sisolak said during this Tuesday press conference.

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Nevada's governor was asked about the state of the convention business in the Silver State while the state continues its COVID-19 efforts during the pandemic.

Gov. Sisolak said conventions booked in January and February shouldn't have to cancel as he's hopeful the capacity limits can continue to rise while monitoring the situation with the city, county, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

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Tuesday, the governor said conventions, conferences, and similar events can allow up to 1,000 people with strict protocols. While also allowing gathering limits to be moved up from 50 to 250 or 50% of a room's capacity beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 1.

Nevada's confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations have been on a downward trajectory since Aug. 4 -- 55 days, according to the governor. And he said he believes Nevada can come back stronger through the pandemic.