LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has issued a directive ordering bars in Clark and Washoe counties to return to Phase 1 shutdown, starting at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, July 10.
The governor made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday. On Friday, Sisolak announced that the following counties would be required to close bars:
- Clark County
- Elko County
- Humboldt County
- Lander County
- Nye County
- Washoe County
Counties were identified if they had "elevated disease transmission" if they met at least two of three criteria:
1. Average number of tests per day (per 100,000) < 150. The average number of cases resulted during the previous week in a county, divided by the number of people living in the county. This number is then multiplied by 100,000 to control for varying populations in counties.
2. Case rate (per 100,000) >100. The total number of cases diagnosed and reported over a 14-day period divided by the number of people living in the county. This number is then multiplied by 100,000 to control for varying populations in counties.
3. Case rate (per 100,000) >25 AND testing positivity >7.0%. The total number of positive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests divided by the total number of PCR tests conducted. This number is then multiplied by 100 to get a percentage. Due to reporting delay (which may be different between positive and negative tests), there is a 7-day lag.
Bars that do not serve food can still provide curbside and delivery service, but may not allow patrons on the premises, Sisolak said. Restaurants with bars must close the bar areas, regardless if they have gaming machines installed.
Sisolak on Friday further emphasized that bars inside gaming establishments, such as casinos, must also close to customers. However, according to the directive, bar beverages may be served at tables outside of the bar area for onsite consumption. Customers must only be served via table services and may not order from the bar top area.
"We are monitoring other areas like pools and gyms," Sisolak said. He emphasized that face covering still need to be worn in these areas, except while actively swimming or in a high-intensity workout.
Sisolak also reminded Nevadans that masks are "not partisan."
"It is costing lives to have people not mask," he said, adding that there should be 95% compliance for the face covering measure to be effective.
Sisolak also highlighted findings from the Division of Industrial Relations and Nevada OSHA. The agencies followed up with 56 businesses that were previously noncompliant with health guidance, and found 50 that are now compliant.
As of Thursday, Nevada has had 24,904 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 571 deaths.