Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a directive on Wednesday limiting the number of people who can gather in a place of worship to fewer than 10.
The directive also closes recreational locations like golf courses and public basketball courts.
Sisolak said any congregation of 10 or more people — whether at a place of worship or a basketball court — could be subject to civil and criminal penalties.
“I have spent countless hours praying on this myself and talking to faith leaders,” Sisolak said during a press conference Wednesday evening. “My primary purpose is to keep people alive and stop the spread of this disease. When groups gather together the disease will spread.”
The governor’s order on Wednesday also closes showrooms at retailers like car dealerships.
Sisolak also nixed open house showings by real estate agents and told grocery stores they must close salad bars and end sales of bulk goods.
He also prohibited barbers and hair dressers from providing in-home services to clients.
“I haven’t had a haircut in six weeks. I’ve adjusted. The first lady is sticking by my side.”
Asked why golf courses were allowed to remain open this long into the crisis, Sisolak said: “I’ve had a multitude of pictures sent into me that showed me people were not practicing good social distancing, not arriving one in a cart. They were congregating on the greens. We tried it. It didn’t work because some folks chose not to follow the rules. As a result we are closing golf courses.”
This is a breaking news story and will be updated.
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