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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announces a state of emergency amid coronavirus fears, at a news conference Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak announced new restrictions and closures in a directive Wednesday to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

In his 13th directive since declaring a state of emergency in Nevada, Sisolak said sporting and recreation venues, including golf courses, would have to close for the duraction of the state of emergency. Showrooms used to display goods, such as furniture stores and car dealerships, would also close.

I am ordering sporting and recreational venues that encourage social congregation, including golf courses, public basketball and tennis courts, and publicly accessible swimming pools to close for the duration of the State of Emergency. This order does not prevent you from shooting hoops on your own basket or swimming in your own pool – this is strictly about publicly accessible venues. - Gov. Steve Sisolak

Sisolak said the directive prohibits "open house" showings in real estate, in-home beauty services and self-serve bulk goods at grocery stores. 

New restrictions will be put in place for grocery stores, according to the governor, including limiting the amount of customers in at once, requiring employees to stay six feet from customers, closing self-check stands that can't be sanitized between customers and implementing regular stocking and deep cleaning schedules. 

Sisolak clarified the realty restrictions do not mean residents can not buy or sell a home. "And you can still make an appointment to see a house in-person if it’s not occupied and strict social distancing guidelines are met, but realtors can no longer open a house for a period of time for multiple prospective buyers to visit," he said.

Nevada Realtors, which has 18,000 members through the state, sent a statement Wednesday night in support of the governor's decision. It read in part:

We have been urging all of our members to follow public health guidelines and practice social distancing in their personal and professional lives, including while working in the real estate industry.

We recognize Gov. Sisolak’s need to issue this declaration. We also thank him for recognizing the use of technology in allowing virtual open houses and individual showings by appointment to continue in all properties, including vacant homes and those occupied by sellers, all while strictly adhering to social distancing guidelines. Our members understand this written order prohibits open houses and showings of single-family and multifamily rental residences and only allows virtual showings with the agreement and consent of any tenants living in rental properties.

Noting he hasn't had a haircut in six weeks, Sisolak said those who open their home to someone not in their household risk spreading the virus. 

Sisolak said as of the announcement Wednesday, 81 Nevadans have died from COVID-19. The 81st death was reported as they began the announcement. 

The directive also aimed at places of worship.

Sisolak said those holding services must adhere to guidelines of no more than 10 people and distancing at least six feet. In his announcement, Sisolak clarified to reporters this applied to pop-up and drive-through religious services, as well. 

"In these trying times, I have clung to my faith to guide me, as I know many of you have as well. It is not lost on me that we are entering the most holy periods of many of the major religions. I know families want to gather to observe these High Holidays, including Passover tonight and Easter on Sunday," he said. "But I know that if we allow these services to continue as usual, we will see a spike in cases in Nevada, just like we’ve seen in other states. Clusters will appear where people congregate."

Sisolak referenced a cluster of 71 cases originating from a Sacramento-area church that closed its doors on March 18.

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As part of the April 8 announcement, Sisolak said 472 volunteers have signed up for the Battle Born Medical Corps. 

Gov. Sisolak pushes for healthcare workers to join Battle Born Medical Corps

The first Nevada Hero of the Day was announced in Sisolak's briefing, Las Vegas resident Julie Danner. Danner was recognized her Facebook group "Las Vegas/Henderson Coronavirus Community Rescue & Barter." The group helps provide meals, clothes, children's supplies and Easter items for those in need amid the pandemic. 

To nominate someone, email NevadaHeroOfTheDay@gmail.com.

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(8) comments

Jaymakk

So let me get this correct this man is trying to prevent people from dying and he is the subject of ridicule because of it..i get we all are struggling unemployment has been cutting off there cue everyday money not flowing,I get that but is Money more important then your lives? Your children lives your family life? Reopen the system so everybody could get sick pass it on then die? I think the governor is doing right by the people i will not let my family suffer over some Money!! GOVERNOR IF YOU READ THIS YOUR POLITICALLY CORRECT KEEP IT CLOSED UNTIL THERES AN CURE ARE VACCINE I WORK HARD! BUT I WILL NOT RISK EVERYTHING FOR BUSINESS THAT MAKE MILLIONS IN PROFIT EVERY YEAR AND PAYS US EMPLOYEES PENNIES WE ARE GOING TO BE THE ONES THAT SUFFER AND DIE WHILE THESE MAJOR COMPANIES OWNERS SIT AT HOME IN QUARANTINE WITH THERE FAMILIES AND LIVE! WAKE UP ITS BIGGER THEN MONEY ITS YOUR LIFE YOUR PLAYING WITH AND GUESS WHAT YOUR FAMILY GOING FALL OFF IF THEY LOSE THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE HOLD DUE TO REOPENING AND WORKING MONEY THE ROUTE TO ALL EVIL!!!

surroundedbyidiots

Stop trying to save everybody Sisolak because some people actually enjoy watching the death count rise.

Sincitypatriot

For all the people that want to vote Democrat. This is what socialism looks like with or without a pandemic.

sisolakisascumbag

VOTE OUT THE DEMON FRIEND OF OBOZO-SISOLAK. HES WORKING FOR SOROS TO RELEASE MURDERERS AND MAKE YOU A SLAVE OF THE GOVERNMENT. SOCIALISM\COMMUNISM IS THEIR GOAL ENSLAVING AMERICANS, LOCKING YOU IN, TAKING YOUR RIGJTS, CLOSING CHURCHES, OPENING MOSQUES THESE PEOPLE ARE EVIL

John de Robeck

You're insane.

Battlebornproud

We MUST VOTE OUT Sisolak!! This man is dangerous and refuses to give his constituents life saving drugs!! We deserve better and must VOTE HIM OUT!!

vegasdawn

Sisolak really scares me. All the stores are handling things on their own, and do not need this dictator putting unnecessary restrictions.

sisolakisascumbag

Sleazlak is a corrupt THIEVING COMMUNIST POS TRAITOR causing pain suffering death misery for ALL NEVADANS works for SOROS THE DESTROYER TO KILL AMERICAN ECONOMY and STEAL ELECTIONS BY VOTER FRAUD.

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