On Tuesday, April 21, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and his team of experts detailed their plans to reopen Nevada in a series of phases.
A little over two weeks later, the Governor swiftly announced in his Thursday address that Nevada will enter into Phase 1 of its reopening plan this Saturday, May 9. This comes a week ahead of when Phase 1 was planned to go into effect, which was originally May 15.
“All employers and businesses shall require employees to wear face masks, especially those who have face-to-face interaction with the public,” Sisolak said.
He’s also encouraging all people to wear face coverings in public and to stay diligent with their social distancing practices, even in reopened businesses.
The following businesses will be allowed to reopen on Saturday, with certain limitations.
Barbershops, Hair Salons, and Nail Salons
By appointment only, barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons will reopen. No walk-ins should be taken, and waiting areas are to stay closed, however, customers may wait outside of the establishment.
If no partitions are available inside of the establishment, guests are to sit in every other chair, keeping at least six feet of distance from one another.
Medical and recreational cannabis businesses, who have been able to do curbside pickup and delivery operations, may now welcome customers inside of their stores. Per the local fire code, cannabis stores will be limited to 50% of the allowed occupancy.
Drive-In Movie Theaters
As far as entertainment options go, traditional movie theatres will still have to wait. However, drive-in movie theaters will not be open to the public.
All restaurants may now be able to resume dine-in operations, however, no more than 50% occupancy should be filled (excluding bar seating), and tables must be arranged so that they are six feet apart.
Bar areas are to remain closed, along with self-service stations including salad bars and drink stations.
Retail businesses across the valley may now allow customers inside, as well as continuing curbside pickup and delivery operations. However, in a repeated trend, businesses will be limited to 50% of the allowed occupancy, per the local fire code.
Open-air malls and car dealerships will also be allowed to open during this time. While showrooms will reopen, only 50% of the allowed occupancy will be allowed per the local fire code.
Test drives may only occur without a dealership staff member inside of the vehicle, and only household members of the interested purchaser.
What Will Remain Closed for Now
Adult entertainment, arcades and other amusement facilities, aquariums, bars, body art and piercing establishments, bowling alleys, casinos and other gaming establishments, gym and fitness facilities, live entertainment venues, miniature golf courses, nightclubs, racetracks, recreation and community centers, spas, sporting event venues, and zoos will all remain closed during Phase 1.
The establishments that are allowed to reopen during Phase 1 of Nevada’s reopening plan seem like a promising start. It will also serve as a good indication of how well the state will fare with more people being out and about.
It’s only a matter of time before the state reopens in totality, but of course, it will depend on the trajectory of positive coronavirus cases and if those numbers remain static or decrease.
Be sure to check back for more updates regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the Silver State.