Understanding and responding to the business and legal impacts of COVID-19

Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 24, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 24, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will provide daily updates, with additional resources available on our website.

Additionally, we will keep you informed of Nevada primary election results and updates as they become available on our website and through additional e-mail correspondence. Please stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

Masks In Public Now Required – Nevadans and visitors are now required to wear face coverings in public, Governor Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday in a press conference, with limited exceptions. Those exceptions include children under the age of two – children ages 2 to 9 are strongly encouraged and children ages 10 and above are required –individuals with medical conditions either mental or physical that prevent safe mask wearing, the hearing impaired, people engaged in outdoor work or recreation, and professionals on the job who may be at greater risk as determined by local, state, federal or workplace safety guidelines, and those seated or dining at restaurants. Businesses are asked to establish a “no mask, no service” policy and have the right to ask a patron to leave their establishment and return with a face covering. Businesses are asked to use discretion but can notify local law enforcement if a confrontation occurs over a patron refusal to wear a face covering. All law enforcement agencies in Nevada are authorized to enforce this latest Directive. Individuals who do not wear masks may be subject to fines. Governor Sisolak issued a strong warning for businesses, who are also subject to license suspension, license revocation or other penalties – including the revocation of a liquor or gaming license for noncompliance. The latest Directive goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. this Thursday, June 25. Friday will mark the first day of enforcement of the mandatory mask directive.

In addition to the new mask mandate, Governor Sisolak updated Nevadans on projected shortfalls for fiscal year 2021, anticipated at this time to be $1.27-billion, or 25-percent of the state’s annual $4.5-billion operating budget. To address the impending shortfall, the state will evaluate tax revenues at the end of June to formulate a plan to fill the massive hole. The Nevada Legislature will likely convene the week of July 6 for a special session of the legislature.

Governor Sisolak stated an announcement of Nevada’s current eviction moratorium will occur before July 1. Additionally, Governor Sisolak does not have any current plans to implement mandatory quarantine orders for tourists visiting from other high-risk states, though he has not ruled this measure out and is discussing the concept with other governors among the Western States Pact.

Finally, Governor Sisolak announced a new campaign to highlight Nevadans and Nevada businesses who are going above and beyond during this time to help keep employees and customers safe. To nominate a business, send an e-mail and photo, if applicable, of the businesses to BattleBornBizNV@gmail.com.

Nevada Numbers Continue Hitting Highs – Nevada posted the fifth-largest single day increase in new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, as 365 additional individuals tested positive for the virus. The gain over the last few weeks has also contributed to the 439 current hospitalizations due to the virus and 494 fatalities overall in Nevada. The number of new cases reported Wednesday has increased the state’s seven-day average test positivity rate to 10.7-percent, surpassing 10-percent for the first time since May 5. The World Health Organization (WHO) had previously said the average test positivity rate should be below 10-percent before states reopen, but recently revised that metric to just 5-percent. The test positivity rate has followed an upward trajectory since right before Nevada entered Phase 2 of its reopening plan, when it reported a low of 2.5-percent on May 26.

Caesars Entertainment Requires Mask Wearing – Guests at all Caesars Entertainment Corporation properties will be required to wear masks while on site except when eating or drinking effective immediately, according to a Wednesday news release. Previously only staff was required to wear masks on property. Citing scientific evidence that strongly supports wearing masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the company will direct anyone on its properties to leave if they refuse to abide by the rule. The new requirement by Caesars was hailed as “a victory for workers” by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which has called for mask wearing to be practiced by all individuals in the state. Caesars owns nine hotel-casinos in Las Vegas.

Washoe County Numbers Cause Concern – Washoe County reported 90 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the highest single-day increase recorded since the virus outbreak was first detected in northern Nevada back in March. According to Washoe County health officer Kevin Dick, the alarming new cases number “could be a concern that we’re seeing a new surge.” Additionally, he urged the public to take the rise in new cases seriously and to avoid attending social gatherings, something that the county believes has added to the case number influx. While more testing has been pointed to as a sign for the rise in cases in the past, county officials say the recent spike has not been due to more testing, but has instead been community spread. Hospital capacity and ventilator use in the county currently remain at safe levels. “The next two weeks for the nation are a critical period,” said Dick. “We need to act now to prevent this increase we’re seeing from escalating.”

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 24

  • There are 14,362 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 311 cases from Tuesday
  • Nevada has reported 494 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up two (2) cases from Tuesday
  • 290,098 individuals have been tested for the virus
  • This number is up 4,308 cases from Tuesday
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National COVID-19 Developments

Tri-State Area Issues Travel Advisory – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut issued a joint travel advisory Wednesday afternoon in response to the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases around the nation, requiring travelers arriving from certain states to quarantine for 14 days. The advisory applies to states with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or 10-percent overall over a rolling 7-day period. Each state will be individually accountable for enforcement of the travel advisory, deferring to the state health commissioners. At this time, that qualifier only applies to Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington. The advisory signals a shift in the nation’s coronavirus hot-spots as the tri-state area was once the epicenter for cases in the United States from March through May. As the three states increased testing capacity and contact tracing efforts, both New York and Connecticut are now recognized as two of four states on track to eradicate COVID-19 according to a study performed by www.covidactnow.org.

California Reports Record Numbers — California posted a record-breaking single-day spike in COVID-19 cases Wednesday with more than 6,600 additional positive cases reported overnight. The rise in cases is attributed to both increased widespread testing as well as increased spread of the virus as a result of the state’s reopening. LA County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer also referenced the surge in mass protests as a likely contributor to the growing number of cases, however the state’s overall positivity rate has only increased from 4.4-percent to 4.8-percent. Governor Gavin Newsom addressed the uptick in cases, saying he felt confident the state can adequately respond to surges in the weeks and months ahead as the state continues to reopen.


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