Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – May 29, 2020

COVID-19 Daily Update

May 29, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed of pertinent information as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will be providing daily updates on the matter over the course of the next few weeks.  Please continue to refer to our Firm website for resources and information:

State and Local News

Nevada Businesses Allowed to Reopen Friday – Governor Steve Sisolak announced Tuesday the state would transition into Phase 2 of the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery plan beginning Friday, allowing additional businesses and services to reopen under specific safety guidelines and protocols. Establishments that reopen must continue to adhere policies requiring face coverings, social distancing, and capacity restrictions. Those businesses that were given the green light to reopen Friday include:

  • Gyms, fitness facilities and other exercise studios
    • Smaller gyms must adhere to social distancing requirements
    • Larger gyms are capped at 50-percent capacity
    • Locker rooms are closed with the exception of restrooms
  • Bars and taverns that do not serve food, as well as bar areas within restaurants
    • Capped at 50-percent capacity
    • No congregating or sitting closer than six feet apart
  • Salons and/or other businesses that provide aesthetic or skin services
    • Must adhere to regulations from the Cosmetology Board
  • Day and overnight spas
    • No steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs, or communal facilities
  • Massage Services
    • By appointment only
  • Body art and piercing establishments
    • No body art or piercings can be done around the nose or mouth
  • Aquatic facilities and swimming pools
    • Locker rooms are closed with the exception of restrooms
    • Poolside chairs/lounges are allowed but must observe spacing requirements
    • Capacity capped at 50-percent
  • Museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums
    • Capacity capped at 50-percent
    • Interactive and hands-on exhibits remain closed
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys and indoor malls
    • Capacity capped at 50-percent
    • Individual stores within indoor malls will be capped at 50-percent capacity
    • Communal seating and areas that encourage congregating must be market off
    • Food courts must adhere to the same restrictions as restaurants
  • Places of Worship
    • Capped at 50-percent capacity, up to 50 people

April Gaming Numbers Significantly Down – The Nevada Gaming Control Board reported Friday that statewide gaming revenue in April dropped 99.61-percent compared to April 2019 numbers. In total, gaming brought in $3.6-million in revenue, a roughly $933-million difference compared to April 2019. The effects of COVID-19 forced casinos to shut their doors in March, and the only revenue received was collected from mobile sports betting and interactive poker. Accordingly, taxes received based on gaming fell 99.96-percent, with only $19,107 received in April. Last April, $51-million was collected in state taxes from gaming. Taxes generated from gaming comprise of about 18-percent of the state’s general fund.

Judge Halts Signature Deadline for Redistricting Petition – A federal judge has blocked the application of the statutory June 24 deadline for proponents of an initiative petition that would establish an independent redistricting commission to submit the required number of signatures to qualify the initiative for the November ballot. Fair Maps Nevada, the group behind the initiative, filed a lawsuit against Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and local election officials, arguing that the strict application of the deadline amidst the stay-at-home orders put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic made it virtually impossible to collect enough signatures to qualify the initiative for the ballot and thus violated their constitutional rights. While the original June 24 deadline has been blocked, the group also asked for the ability to gather signatures electronically. That request was denied. Backers of the initiative must gather 97,598 signatures to qualify for the ballot.

UNLV Plans to Resume Classes in the Fall – The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) sent a letter to students Thursday detailing what the school year will look like when they return in the Fall. The school plans to hold in-person instruction, however, to keep everyone safe, acknowledged that there will be many more remote course offerings in an effort to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission. To ensure safety, all lecture courses of 75 or more students will be conducted remotely. Additional courses will be shifted to remote instruction in consultation with instructors based on risk mitigation, suitability of online learning, and other factors. The ultimate goal of the University is to achieve a 50/50 mix of remote instruction and in-person courses.

NSHE to Utilize Furlough System – The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents unanimously amended the system’s governing code Friday to allow system-wide furloughs of at least one day of the 2020-2021 in anticipation of lost revenue. It is estimated that the budget hole will be between $68-million and $124-million through the end of the next fiscal year. The board also changed the definition of furloughs in its code, allowing for actions by either the Governor, legislature, or Regents to authorize the furloughs. A more concrete budget for NSHE is expected sometime this summer following further budget decisions from the Governor and the legislature.

Federal Government Developments

New York and California Move Forward – The state of New York reported an additional 67 new coronavirus cases overnight, a dramatic decline in the rate of daily new cases seen over the past few months. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that regions of the state will begin to move to Phase 2 of reopening based on the positive trends in data. While New York City has not yet entered Phase 1 of reopening, the city is on track to meet the necessary metrics in order to begin initial reopening plans by June 8. Additionally, Los Angeles County received approval on Friday from the state of California to proceed with the next phases of reopening, including allowing dine-in restaurants and reopening of certain retail shops and salons with social distancing and face covering requirements. The new phases signal positive steps forward for two of the most affected states battling the coronavirus.

Canada Eases Restrictions on US Border – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday the possible easing of U.S.-Canada border restrictions as several U.S. states begin to move into reopening phases. The release of restrictions would allow immediate family members to travel across the border in order to reunite with families. As a part of the remaining policy, anyone entering Canada will continue to be subject to a 14-day quarantine. The U.S.-Canada border has been closed to all non-essential travel since mid-March and the current restrictions are set to expire on June 21.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Friday, May 29.

  • There are 8,353 positive cases in Nevada.
    • Clark County has 6,475 confirmed cases. Of those, 5,117 have recovered.
    • Washoe County has 1,514 confirmed cases. Of those, 60 are hospitalized and 834 have recovered.
    • Carson City has 94 confirmed cases. Of those, 63 have recovered.
    • Humboldt County has 78 confirmed cases. Of those, 13 have recovered.
    • Nye County has 61 confirmed cases. Of those, 39 have recovered.
    • Lyon County has 57 confirmed cases. Of those, 45 have recovered.
    • Douglas County has 30 confirmed cases. Of those, 25 have recovered.
    • Elko County has 24 confirmed cases. Of those, 13 have recovered.
    • Lander County has 19 confirmed cases.
    • Churchill County has seven (7) confirmed cases. Of those, six (6) have recovered.
    • Mineral County has four (4) confirmed cases. All four (4) have recovered.
    • White Pine County has four (4) confirmed cases. Of those, three (3) have recovered.
    • Lincoln County has two (2) confirmed cases.
    • Storey County has one (1) confirmed case. That person has recovered.
  • Nevada has reported 410 fatalities from the coronavirus. Of those, 340 were in Clark County, 55 were in Washoe County, four (4) were in Humboldt County, four (4) were in Carson City, one (1) was in Elko County, two (2) were in Nye County, one (1) was in Churchill County, and one (1) was in Lyon County.
  • Over 134,000 people have been tested.
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada.

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