A group of protesters gathered at the Governor’s Mansion in Carson City in favor of reopening Nevada’s economy on May 16, 2020. Reno Gazette Journal
Bars, gyms and plenty of other businesses are still waiting to open their doors
Update: 8:46 p.m.
Gov. Steve Sisolak announced details of the state’s Phase 2 reopening late Tuesday, which begins Friday.
In Phase 2, these businesses are opening, with additional restrictions:
- Bars not serving food
- Aesthetic service establishments
- Spas and massage therapy
- Body art and piercing establishments
- Gyms, fitness facilities
- Recreational areas and pools
- Movie theaters, bowling centers, arcades
Gaming is on track for a June 4 phased-in reopening. Nevada state parks will be limited to day-use and overnight stays with restrictions.
Nightclubs, adult entertainment establishments and brothels remain closed in Phase 2.
UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.:
Gov. Steve Sisolak canceled a planned live address about Phase 2 of Nevada’s reopening plan on Tuesday because he was potentially exposed to the coronavirus.
Four hours later, his office nixed plans to release a pre-recorded video address about the blueprint, citing technical and logistical difficulties caused by a staff-wide quarantine.
“In a little bit my team will be scheduling a Q&A call with the press to review Phase 2,” Sisolak added in a late Tuesday tweet. “Trust me, I know this isn’t ideal. I was excited to deliver this exciting news to Nevadans directly, but I still want to make sure you receive the information tonight. Stay tuned…”
In a statement, spokeswoman Meghin Delaney said Sisolak initially called off the event after learning he had visited an unnamed workplace where an employee – who was not in the building at the time – later reported testing positive for COVID-19.
Delaney said the governor is scheduled to take a COVID-19 test on Wednesday morning. He later tweeted he had not experienced any virus symptoms in the five days since the potential exposure. A post to the governor’s Twitter account shows he visited the state’s unemployment office on May 21.
Nevada business owners are sure to be watching closely as Gov. Steve Sisolak sets a date for the next phase of the state’s coronavirus recovery plan.
Sisolak has spent the last several weeks relaxing strict coronavirus-prevention measures imposed on a wide array of Silver State businesses, starting with last month’s limited reopening of smoke shops, breweries, liquor stores, pot shops, churches and recreational facilities.
A week later, the state announced it would ease longstanding restrictions on restaurants, retail stores, barber shops, auto dealerships, open-air malls and drive-in movie theaters. Then, late last week, Sisolak targeted a June 4 reopening date for casinos.
But the first-term Democrat has offered far fewer details on his blueprint to reopen bars, spas, buffets, brothels and other businesses critical to the state’s tourism-driven economy.
The governor has previously hinted that gyms, fitness centers, sports venues, movie theaters and other “high-density” facilities were unlikely to return until at least May 30.
That’s despite mounting pressure from political foes and partisan pundits who want Nevada to catch up with White House guidance that suggests many of those businesses could’ve already reopened, albeit in a limited capacity.
Sisolak is expected to open additional operations during a 5:30 p.m. speech from the state Legislature.
The RGJ will cover the event live. His remarks will also be livestreamed at leg.state.nv.us.
Here’s a short list of still-shuttered businesses in Nevada:
- Adult entertainment establishments
- Aesthetic service establishments
- Amusement and theme parks
- Arcades and other amusement venues
- Body art and body piercing establishments
- Bowling alleys
- Gyms and fitness facilities, including health clubs, yoga, barre and spin facilities
- Indoor malls
- Live entertainment venues, including theaters
- Miniature golf courses
- Movie theaters (except drive-in movie theaters)
- Recreation and community centers
- Skiing facilities
- Sporting event venues
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 RGJ.com right here.
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