Authorities in Nevada have extended their current statewide restrictions on gatherings and certain business operations for a period of 30 days to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The measures will now remain in force through at least mid-February.
Under the current directives, private gatherings are limited to 10 people from a maximum of two households, while public gatherings are capped at 25 percent of the venue's capacity or a maximum of 50 people, including at places of worship, weddings, funerals, and entertainment venues, such as movie theaters. Individuals over the age of nine must wear protective facemasks in all indoor or outdoor settings, whenever in the presence of persons from other households.
Additionally, the maximum of persons allowed inside most businesses, including in restaurants, bars, gaming operations, gyms, and fitness centers, and amusement parks, is 25 percent of the establishment's capacity. Retail stores, including grocery stores, can continue operating at 50-percent capacity. Restaurants may seat a maximum of four people per table.
All businesses must comply with social distancing standards and enhanced hygienic procedures. Businesses are responsible for ensuring all customers adhere to the requirements. Employers are also required to ensure that workers who directly interact with customers wear protective face coverings at all times. Moreover, companies are encouraged to allow employees to work from home whenever possible, resume operations in stages, and close common areas.
Essential businesses, such as pharmacies, banks, fuel stations, and those involved in energy, transport, security, telecommunications, and critical infrastructure, have not been subject to mandatory closures.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.
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