Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 25, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 25, 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

Eviction Moratorium Scaled Back – Governor Steve Sisolak issued Directive 025 Thursday scaling back the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions that has been in place since March 29. Directive 025 does as follows:

  • Encourages residential and commercial landlords and tenants to enter into voluntary repayment agreements.
  • Residential evictions for non-payment may resume on September 1. Residential evictions based on holdover tenants, tenants at will, unauthorized subletting or assignment, or a violation of a lease (other than non-payment of rent) may resume on August 1.
  • For commercial leases, landlords may charge late fees, initiate lockouts or commence evictions for non-payment of rent beginning on July 1.
  • The State Treasurer is standing up a statewide rental assistance program for residential and commercial tenants. Funding is anticipated to come from federal grants. The program is expected to be in place by mid-July.

Casino Properties to Comply with Mask Wearing – After Governor Steve Sisolak announced the new mask mandate Wednesday to be enforced across the state of Nevada beginning Friday, several Las Vegas casinos quickly praised the Governor, announcing full intentions to cooperate. MGM Las Vegas announced full mask orders to be put into effect Friday, making it a mandate in not just its Nevada hotel-casinos, but all properties across the country. Other hotel-casinos were quick to announce compliance with the Governor’s guidance, including Las Vegas Sands, Boyd Gaming Corp., and downtown properties The D and Golden Gate, both owned by Derek Stevens. At least 15 states including Nevada, plus the District of Columbia, have issued rules mandating facial coverings to be worn in all public settings, as daily infection rates hit record highs.

Nevada Prisons See Low Case Counts – According to a report by the Marshall Project, the COVID-19 positivity rate among offenders in Nevada prisons is the eighth lowest in the nation, as just fifteen of 10,637 prisoners have tested positive for the virus, in addition to 37 staff members. In total, 86-percent of inmates in all Nevada facilities have been tested, with the goal to test 100-percent by the end of the month. “Our top priority is the health of staff and offenders at our facilities,” said Charles Daniels, Nevada Department of Corrections Director earlier this month. Nevada has a total of 12,368 offenders in the state.

Lake Tahoe Activities Reopen – Outdoor enthusiasts in Lake Tahoe will see a number of select summer activities reopen July 3 with social distancing guidelines. Vail Resorts announced Thursday that Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood Resorts will begin to reopen certain activities, while requiring social distancing, face coverings, health screenings and cashless transactions. From hiking trails, bike parks, chairlifts and food and drink options, the resorts plan to open while providing physical distancing and a safe return to summer activities.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Thursday, June 25

  • There are 14,859 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 497 cases from Wednesday
  • Nevada has reported 495 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up one (1) case from Wednesday
  • 293,854 individuals have been tested for the virus
    • This number is up 3,756 cases from Wednesday
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National COVID-19 Developments

Texas Postpones Reopening – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday the state will halt any further reopening plans, as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase. While Texas will be pausing its efforts, it will not go backwards and close any businesses that were previously allowed to reopen. The state is in Phase 3 of its reopening plan, which allows restaurants to increase occupancy levels to 75-percent and most businesses occupancy levels to 50-percent. Additionally, Governor Abbott ordered all licensed hospitals in the hardest hit counties to postpone elective procedures, as hospital capacity becomes a concern. Statewide hospitalizations rose from 2,793 cases last week to 4,389 Thursday.

U.S. Reaches Case Highs – The United States saw the highest daily COVID-19 count since April on Wednesday, as more than 34,000 new cases and 121,117 total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic were recorded. Experts are forecasting that 179,106 deaths in the United States from COVID-19 will be reported by October 1, however universal mask-wearing orders are estimated to save as many as 33,000 lives, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Disneyland Postpones Opening – Disneyland will not reopen as scheduled on July 17, after officials cited a lack of guidance from California officials, who have indicated a theme park reopen guideline will not be issued until after July 4. Disney parks in the U.S. have been closed since mid-March, costing the company millions of dollars in revenue. Before reopening, parks in both states must receive approval from state officials, something that Disney World in Florida is waiting to receive before reopening, slated for July 11. Both California and Florida have posted record COVID-19 case highs, prompting union leaders representing Disney employees and locals to raise concern that the virus could be spread if reopening is to occur. When the parks do reopen, however, visitors at the Happiest Place on Earth will have to comply with a strict set of new rules, including temperature checks, the closure of parades, some character greetings, and not being allowed to visit multiple parks per day.

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