Gov. Sisolak shares 'Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery' plan

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Posted at 10:36 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 10:02:52-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Gov. Steve Sisolak shared his "Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery" plan during a Thursday news conference.

The governor said the recovery plan is designed to build a path forward and safely restart Nevada’s economy.

"We have taken great steps together as a state to keep Nevadans safe against COVID-19, and while we continue to do that, we must now chart a responsible path forward that will get Nevadans back to work under a “new normal," Sisolak said in his message.

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The reopening of the state will happen in phases - the same as when it was closed, following guidance, of the CDC and medical experts.

Nevada will continue to remain under the governor's stay-at-home order, but expanded outdoor and recreational activities, along with providing some relief for small business owners starting May 1, according to the governor's office.

However, bars, nightclubs, malls, large sporting events, large in-person places of worship, and casinos will remain closed.

In the next couple of weeks, the governor said his focus will be moving into phase 1 of the plan on or before May 15, and this depends on health officials data.

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Sisolak also said a downward trajectory in coronavirus cases is necessary to begin talks of reopening, but there was recently a three-day consecutive increase of hospitalizations.

"Our ability to enter the next phase and any subsequent phase of reopening will be determined by the continued commitment of Nevadans to follow aggressive social distancing guidance and requirements," said Gov. Sisolak.

The loosening of restrictions listed below become effective May 1:

  • All retail businesses will be allowed to operate under curbside commerce models, similar to curbside pickup currently allowed for restaurants and eateries
  • This now includes curbside for retail cannabis dispensaries
  • Drive-in services are now permitted for places of worship, as long as congregants stay in a vehicle and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance from people not in their household
  • Relaxing restrictions on outdoor activities, including golf, pickleball, and tennis, as long as they do it safely and in a way that prevents the spread of COVID-19

The governor ended Thursday's briefing by saying there is a long road ahead with challenges but everyone is "Nevada United."

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