Since Nevada started its reopening plan, the state has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases and as a result, Gov. Sisolak ordered bars in some counties to return to Phase 1 restrictions Friday.
On Thursday, Washoe County reported 131 new cases, the second highest amount of daily cases reported in the county since July 3. The total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 climbed to 24,904 on Thursday morning, according to the Nevada Health Alliance dashboard.
Here is what the governor’s announcement mean for bars.
What is Phase 1 of reopening in Nevada?
The businesses that had to remain closed through Phase 1 included “bars, pubs and taverns that do not have a license to serve food,” according to the state’s official Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada.
Now that bars in certain Nevada counties have been required to return to Phase 1, this new order means bars that do not serve food have to close on Friday.
What counties are affected?
Sisolak said bars in Washoe and Clark counties will have to close, and he said the other counties affected will be announced Friday.
How about restaurants?
Restaurants have to do the following:
- close their bar areas
- no longer allow parties larger than six people
Sisolak also encouraged restaurants to have people eat outside.
Why was the decision made?
Sisolak said the decision came after a Thursday call with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who advised him that Nevada needed to take swift action to avoid overwhelming its hospital facilities with COVID-19 patients.
Joe Jacquez is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @JoeJacquezAZ.