Nevada Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – July 2, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

July 2, 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.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

Most Nevada Businesses Comply with Mask Wearing – Of the 347 Nevada businesses surveyed Wednesday by the Department of Industrial Relations Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 79.8-percent were in compliance with Governor Steve Sisolak’s face covering mandate. Businesses in northern Nevada had a compliance rate of 84.3-percent, and southern Nevada businesses came in at 75-percent in compliance. The highest rate of noncompliance was at bars and national brand big-box retail stores. OSHA has said that if a business is not complying with the face covering mandate, it will be sent a written notice requesting voluntary conformity. If it still does not comply, the business may be issued a citation and a penalty up to $134,940.

Gaming Compliance Monitored – After observing more than 7,000 establishments with gaming licenses, the Nevada Gaming Control Board announced Wednesday that it has opened regulatory cases against 111 licensees for not complying with the state’s COVID-19 reopening policies. According to the Board, “non-compliance with federal, state, local laws, or the Health and Safety Policies constitute a violation of Nevada Gaming Commission Regulation 5.011, which may result in the Board taking disciplinary action against a non-compliant licensee.” The Nevada Gaming Control Board began enforcing the state’s reopening policies since gaming was allowed to resume on June 4. The Gaming Control Board has not identified which licensees were not in compliance, or where they are located.

Another Nevada Event Canceled – The Great Reno Balloon Race has been canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers announced the decision to cancel the 38 year old event Thursday, stating “ there is so much uncertainty around the pandemic, we no longer have a choice and cannot put on a spectator event in 2020.” The race is the latest summer event cancelation in northern Nevada due to COVID-19, joining the Reno River Festival, Street Vibrations, Reno Rodeo, Artown live performances, Burning Man, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off, National Championship Reno Air Races, and more. The Great Reno Balloon Race began in 1982 and draws about 120,000 spectators each year.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 12:00 p.m. Thursday, July 2

  • There are 19,733 positive cases in Nevada
  • This number is up 592 cases from Wednesday
  • Nevada has reported 525 fatalities from the coronavirus
  • This number is up 13 cases from Wednesday
  • 341,463 individuals have been tested for the virus
  • This number is up 10,145 cases from Wednesday
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National COVID-19 Developments

U.S. Added Jobs in June – The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June according to a Labor Department report released Thursday, exceeding analyst expectations. The number of Americans who had been temporarily laid off fell to 10.6 million, with many workers called back as businesses that had been shuttered due to COVID-19 reopened. While more jobs were gained, 2.9 million people who had permanent jobs were let go in June, up from 2.3 million workers laid off in May. Additionally, the Department of Labor reported that 1.4 million Americans filed initial unemployment claims last week, down slightly from 1.5 million the prior week. Initial unemployment claims have reached 48 million over the past three months.

Alarming June COVID-19 Numbers– June COVID-19 numbers in the United States were the worst seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, with officials concerned that July will see the repercussions. The United States reported nearly 50,000 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, the fifth single-day case record in eight days, as the holiday weekend approaches. To put June numbers into perspective, on June 1, officials in Florida announced 667 new COVID-19 cases. On July 1, that number was 6,500. Texas saw 1,100 new cases on June 1 with more than 8,100 announced July 1. While many states have instituted face covering mandates and are walking back reopening plans, officials around the U.S. stress the following for the 4th of July weekend: “Skip the party. Stay home. Don’t make a bad situation worse.”

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