LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- In a Thursday address, Governor Steve Sisolak announced Nevada will enter Phase 1 of reopening the state on Saturday.
Sisolak said Nevada reached the appropriate guidelines for reopening, including downward trajectory of cases and hospitalizations.
Businesses can open as early as 12:01 a.m. May 9. Phase 1 is set to expire on May 30, but Sisolak said the state could enter Phase 2 before that date, provided that public health benchmarks are met.
"All employers and businesses shall require employees to wear face masks, especially those who have face-to-face interaction with the public," Sisolak said, adding that he encourages all people to wear face coverings in public.
Businesses allowed to reopen with Phase 1 include restaurants and bars that serve food, which can open for dine-in with 50 percent capacity and six-foot spacing. Bar seating must remain closed. Standalone bars are not permitted to reopen during Phase 1.
To avoid gatherings of more than 10 people in one room, patrons must wait outside or in their cars while waiting to be seated for dine-in.
Barbershops, hair salons and nail salons may reopen under strict social distancing requirements. If partitions are not already in the establishment, guests can sit in every other chair with at least six feet of distance. Appointments are required and walk-ins should not be permitted.
Spas and tanning salons, massage parlors, body art and piercing establishments are not permitted to open during Phase 1.
Retail businesses may reopen with 50 percent occupancy, including those that have been deemed essential and currently are open. Grocery stores will not be permitted to reopen self-serve food options.
Open-air malls may also reopen, however, indoor malls must remain closed to the public and can operate curbside service.
Auto dealers are permitted to provide test drives starting on Saturday, as long as only household members are allowed in the car.
Cannabis dispensaries may conduct in-store sales only after submitting a plan and receiving approval from state regulators.
Bars, nightclubs, gyms, sporting event venues, and gaming establishments will not reopen in Phase 1, Sisolak said. The Gaming Control Board will decide the reopening of casinos when it's deemed safe, according to Sisolak.
Entertainment venues including live music and movie theaters (unless drive-in), bowling alleys, arcades, racetracks, zoos, aquariums, mini golf and amusement parks are not permitted to open in Phase 1.
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Large group gatherings should still be avoided, Sisolak said. Members of vulnerable populations should still shelter-in-place, according to Sisolak's guidance.
Local governments shall continue limiting the general public's use of shared recreational equipment, including playground equipment, basketball courts, volleyball courts, baseball fields, beaches, or football fields, to prevent congregations of ten or more people.
State parks will continue to be limited to day use only, in Phase 1. Religious services will also continue to be permitted drive up services, as long as congregants stay in their vehicles and remain six feet apart.
Sisolak added that county governments may tailor specific restrictions for businesses and public gatherings, so long as they meet state standards at minimum. Businesses may also choose to impose standards stricter than what the state requires.
The governor last week extended the state's stay-at-home directive to May 15 and unveiled "'Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery,' the state's plan to reopen the economy, put Nevadans back to work and transition into a new normal while continuing to employ safeguards against COVID-19."