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Nevada Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – July 28, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

July 28, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed and up to date with political and COVID-19 information in Nevada. 

State and Federal News

MGM Resorts to Lay Off Employees – MGM Resorts International announced a large majority of its entertainment and sports division employees will be laid off effective August 31, after furloughing those employees to allow for benefits. Those benefits end September 1. Given the current COVID-19 climate and the unlikelihood that concerts and other entertainment events will return to Las Vegas in the near future, the company “pledged to be as transparent and supportive as possible with employees.” Around 63,000 MGM employees were furloughed in May. According to the company, those affected will be hotel entertainment directors, venue managers and ushers. MGM Resorts International is hardly the only Las Vegas resort suffering, as visitor volume in early July was estimated to be 44-percent lower than the average week a year prior.

Nevadans Can Now Skip the DMV – Governor Steve Sisolak signed an emergency regulation Monday allowing Nevadans to renew driver’s license or ID cards online or by mail beginning this Fall, enabling drivers to skip a trip to the DMV. This change allows the DMV to faster serve those customers that do have to make the trip to the department. An estimated 75,000 Nevadans’ license or ID will expire in the next year, which is when the regulation will expire. While DMV offices throughout Nevada continue to operate at reduced capacity, more than two dozen services are provided online and at kiosks.

Another Las Vegas Convention Canceled – CES – The Consumer Electronics Show – the massive Las Vegas technology show that brings in more than 170,000 people, has moved its 2021 convention to an all-virtual event; a major blow to the typically massive amount of revenue it brings each year Scheduled to begin January 6, 2021, organizers cited the inability to keep convention-goers safe by hosting the event in-person. The move to an online format comes as an even greater blow to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), which had big plans to unveil the newest expansion of its convention center’s $980.3-million West Hall, including the unveiling of The Boring Company’s $52.5-million underground people-mover transit system developed by entrepreneur Elon Musk. CES is scheduled to return in 2022, with Governor Steve Sisolak saying in a tweet Tuesday, “I greatly value the partnership the State of Nevada has with CES and I look forward to welcoming them back in January 2022.”

“Red Zone” State List Grows – A new federal report shows that the “red zone” list has grown to 21 states, with officials urging lawmakers to impose more restrictions. States receive the “red zone” designation if they have more than 100 cases per 100,000 over the past week. Nevada remains on the list, with Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin joining the 18 others. According to the report, a “statewide mask mandate is critical to stop the spread,” with directives suggested across the board for states and cities which have not implemented face covering and continue to see the virus spreading. Vermont is currently the only state in the “green zone” category, meaning that the state sees less than 10 cases a week per 100,000 people. The remaining 28 states and the District of Columbia were placed in the “yellow zone.” You can read the full report with the individual state recommendations here.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada –

New COVID-19 cases in Nevada surpassed the 1,000 mark for the 10th time in July, as the state reported 1,105 new cases, considerably more than the 897-daily average. Fatalities were also well above the daily average of 13, with 20 additional deaths reported. There are an additional 35 new hospitalizations as of Tuesday, bringing the state total to 1,147. According to an update from the Nevada Hospital Association Monday, the state has remained in the range of 1,100 to 1,150 hospitalized COVID-19 patients for the last week, suggesting that the rate may stabilizing and not threatening hospital capacity.

Numbers –
New Cases: 1,105
Total Cases: 44,936
Current Hospitalizations: 1,147
Total Fatalities: 759


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