LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced the stay-at-home order will be extended through May 15 with easing restrictions starting May 1.
"This new directive signed today will allow Nevadans expanded outdoor and recreational activities and provide some relief for our small business owners," according to a press release from the governor's office.
These changes include:
- All retail businesses will be allowed to operate under curbside commerce models, similar to curbside pickup currently allowed for restaurants and eateries
- This now includes curbside for retail cannabis dispensaries
- Drive-in services are now permitted for places of worship, as long as congregants stay in a vehicle and maintain at least six feet of social distance from people not in their household
- Relaxing restrictions on outdoor activities, including golf, pickleball, and tennis, as long as they do it safely and in a way that prevents the spread of COVID-19
Sisolak said the above measures are effective May 1. All other directives will be extended through May 15, "or until the state meets the necessary criteria set forth last week and consistent with the White House guidelines to demonstrate the state is making sufficient progress to slow the spread of COVID-19."
The easing of certain restrictions comes with the state meeting "specific benchmarks," said Sisolak, including positive case and hospitalization trends, along with testing and capacity.
“Nevadans have done an incredible job at staying home for our state, and as we work diligently to meet the reopening criteria, I wanted to begin some initial incremental changes that will make our full transition into Phase 1 smoother and positively impact our communities and small businesses,” said Sisolak in an emailed statement. “Our ability to enter the next phase and any subsequent phase of reopening will be determined by the continued commitment of Nevadans to follow aggressive social distancing guidance and requirements.”
"Being able to sell. Being able to have revenue coming in, albeit tremendously reduced revenue, but being able to have something to pay their employees with. All those are very positive steps and very positive movement in the right direction," said Maria Bailey, president of the Water Street District Business Association. "The restaurants, the breweries they are able to do curbside already, so it's not a tremendous change in what they are doing and it's probably not going to be enough to help the business that are struggling."
Bailey said they're doing webinars with their businesses to help showcase their merchandise since customers are not allowed inside. "We're also doing social media, encouraging our businesses to do virtual tours on social media."
Salons, barber shops, bars, casinos, "among other things," will stay closed under the extended directive. Essential businesses will stay open and must comply with social distancing standards and other protocols to keep workers and patrons safe.
On Thursday, Sisolak will outline the projected phases for "reopening" Nevada through the pandemic.
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