Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday announced a major loosening of the state’s public gathering rules to curb the spread of coronavirus.
From Thursday: The limit on public gatherings in the state will be raised from 50 people to 250 participants; the new limit will not include the support staff needed to put on the event. Gatherings will still be capped at 50% of a venue’s normal capacity.
Additionally, venues with more than 2,500 seats will be allowed to hold even larger events. However, they will be capped at 10% capacity, and the venue must be divided into sections which each have no more than 250 people.
“This is an important step to revitalizing our hospitality industry,” Sisolak said in a news conference.
Sisolak said the change is possible because Covid-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations in Nevada have gone down substantially since August, despite a small uptick in the past week. “We maintain the flexibility to dial some of these things back,” if there is another surge, Sisolak said.
"Open for business": The governor acknowledged Nevada is trying to convince major event organizers to return to Las Vegas, even though some other states now have more lenient health restrictions. “Nevada is not only open for business, we plan to be open for the long-term,” Sisolak said. “We are focusing on your safety.”