Governor Sisolak - Discusses Criteria and Timing to Begin Reopening Nevada’s Economy
Post Date:04/22/2020 4:30 PM
Return to full list >>
On April 21, 2020, Governor Sisolak gave a press conference where he outlined the criteria to begin reopening Nevada’s economy. “Economic activity and recovery will require close collaboration between the State’s employers, state and local governments to ensure that the gradual lifting of pandemic restrictions does not lead to an uncontrolled increase in COVID-19 cases.”
The Governor emphasized that any reopening will be done in phases, but he announced that schools will remain closed through the remainder of the school year.
The Governor outlined the requirements to begin Phase 1 and suggested that there would be two phases to follow. “We want to progressively open up different types of facilities and industries in a way that allows Nevadans to gradually return to their normal lives while continuing to prevent the spread of the disease.” Nevada’s reopening plan takes into account guidance from the Opening Up America Again plan issued by the White House and the Centers for Disease Control.
No firm reopening date has been given.
The Governor will consider reopening Nevada’s economy only after the following two criteria are met:
- There must be verifiable evidence of a consistent and sustainable downward trend of cases and hospitalizations over a 14-day period.
- Nevada’s public health care system and hospitals must have the capacity to respond to the state’s public health needs without a crisis standard of care and the ability to test suspected carriers of the virus, trace contacts, and isolate positive cases.
Once these criteria are met, Phase 1 may begin. The Governor stated that, in consultation with the Nevada Medical Advisory Team, guidelines will be developed to allow certain businesses and activities to open or resume safely such as gyms, restaurants, movie theaters, churches, elective surgeries, and sporting events. However, he specified that bars would remain closed and that in-person visits to hospitals and senior living facilities would be prohibited. He did not mention reopening casinos.
“This virus isn’t gone. We’ve flattened this curve because of our human behavior…. So the emergency is not over yet, but it has entered a new phase.”
Story: Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities
Photo: Courtesy of Reno Gazette Journal)