LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak issued an emergency directive prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more on Tuesday with the goal to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The ban applies to public recreational areas like playgrounds, basketball courts and baseball fields. It does not apply to homes, and doesn't prevent anyone from going outside.
The ban did not apply to essential businesses, however social distancing must be observed in those spaces.
"Nevadans who wish to enjoy our great outdoors can still do so, but we must do so safely to prevent the spread of this disease. You may enjoy a daily walk in the park with others in your household, but please, maintain a safe distance from those that are also enjoying the public spaces and do not touch any of the equipment where the virus may be lurking," Sisolak said.
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At this time, the governor said the measure does not apply to the homeless population in Nevada.
The governor said the directive was to help, not to punish, though it does come with consequences. Police will give a warning first, then those violating the directive will face civil or criminal penalties.
Sisolak said he partnered with Attorney General Aaron Ford to ensure local law enforcement agencies know how to enforce the measure.
"And that battle born spirit must continue, especially as we see our numbers rise day-to-day," Sisolak said. "The enemy we’re fighting cannot be seen."
This was the seventh directive signed by the governor since declaring a state of emergency on March 12.
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