Sisolak to announce changes to rules on group gatherings, youth sports at 4 p.m. Tuesday

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Gov. Steve Sisolak is set to adjust current restrictions on group gatherings and youth sports on Tuesday in response to changing coronavirus trends.

Sisolak will announce the changes at a 4 p.m. press conference in Las Vegas. The RGJ will cover the event live from the Grant Sawyer State Office Building.

The governor’s office has not provided details on the policy revisions, except to say they will be spelled out in an upcoming executive order.

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“Under the governor’s direction, state officials with expertise in public health and oversight have been working over the past weeks with his office to review current Statewide Standards and develop updates that will allow Nevada to continue lifting restrictions in a safe and responsible manner,” spokeswoman Meghin Delaney said in a Friday press release. “This has included outreach to businesses, industry groups, faith leaders and more.”

Tuesday’s announcement comes just two weeks after bars were finally allowed to reopen in Washoe County, where officials have struggled to keep pace with virus-containment benchmarks enforced by the governor’s COVID-19 task force.

This week, Washoe County was once again flagged for “elevated disease transmission” when its positivity rate hit 7.8 percent, driven largely by a sizable spike in cases among University of Nevada Reno students. 

Under Sisolak’s current directive, gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited statewide. Youth sports are allowed to hold spectator-less practices outside but tournaments and games are prohibited.

Governor Steve Sisolak during a press conference on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 in the former Assembly chambers inside the Capital in Carson City.

James DeHaven is the politics reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. He covers campaigns, the Nevada Legislature and everything in between. Support his work by subscribing to right here