Topless dancers can lift restrictions on coronavirus next weekend in Las Vegas and come face to face with customers again under rules accepted on Thursday by a state task force COVID-19
LAS VEGAS – Topless dancers may lift restrictions on coronavirus next weekend in Las Vegas and come face to face with customers again, under rules accepted on Thursday by a state task force COVID-19.
But the masks will still be required for adult entertainment employees and recommended for customers.
Sin City strip clubs that went dark when Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered the closure of casinos, clubs and non-essential businesses in March 2020, may open on May 1 with 80% of the code’s capacity. fire under strict social detachment guidelines.
The rules will allow strip club artists to approach more than 3 feet (0.9 meters) from customers if the artist has received at least a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before, according to the rules county, or if the dancer does the negative tests on a weekly COVID-19 test.
Occupancy limits will be relaxed, but not entirely suspended in many other businesses – stores, spas and saunas, restaurants and bars, even karaoke clubs – according to a reopening plan adopted on Tuesday by county officials and summarized in the Thursday by Clark County Fire Chief Billy Samuels.
Hair and manicure salons, tattoo studios and massage therapists will be able to book clients only by appointment.
A separate plan to lift restrictions almost entirely in Washoe County skidded to a halt after the health district, school and city officials in Reno protested and pointed to an increase in the number of local coronavirus cases.
The existing rules, including 50% of the capacity and a social distance of 1.8 meters, will remain in force.
As of Thursday, the coronavirus pandemic claimed 5,400 lives in Nevada and severely damaged an economy dependent on tourism, conventions, hotel reservations and large crowds. It also closed deals and threatened the livelihood of bartenders, waiters, artists and hotel clerks.
“We know there is COVID fatigue in our community,” Washoe County Commission Chairman Bob Lucey said in a statement before accepting an offer from task force chief Caleb Cage to broaden support and present a finalized plan. in the next days. No firm deadline has been set.
Lucey defended what he called a “viable” plan to relax restrictions, but acknowledged a split between regional policymakers.
“People are going to come back to life and the things they lost last year, whether we dictate mandates or not,” he said.
The hurdle came after last-minute protest letters on Wednesday from county health officer Kevin Dick and Reno city manager Doug Thornley pointed to a jump in Washoe County COVID-19 cases related to a variant first detected in the UK, and an increase in the 14-day test positivity rate to 7.2%. The World Health Organization’s target is 5% or less to relax restrictions.
UK scientists believe the variant is more contagious than the strains previously identified. But health officials in the United States say that the vaccinations being administered are now considered effective against the variant.
Dick and Thornley called for social distancing requirements to remain in effect until at least June 1.
Cage said the task force, which started work in August, still plans to deliver treatment of coronavirus mitigation measures to local control in the state’s 17 counties on May 1.
The governor has set a June 1 date for lifting virtually all state restrictions, except requiring people to wear facial covers.
Several rural Nevada counties were given the go-ahead on Thursday to relax restrictions and reopen businesses on May 1, including Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt and Nye. Other counties received approval last week.
Kyra Morgan, a state biostatistics, reminded the task force that lifting the restrictions will almost certainly spread the virus and increase the reported number of COVID-19 cases.
The state’s Department of Health and Human Services has recorded more than 312,000 cases in the past 13 months. But rates have declined since the peaks in December and January.
As restrictions are relaxed in and around Las Vegas, seating at the bar will be fine next month, with up to four people per group, and 12 people can sit around dinner tables, Samuels said. Most restrictions on youth and adult sports will be lifted.
Casino day and night clubs may reopen, although areas designated for dancing will remain closed until health officials report that the community’s 60% vaccination rate has been reached.
The reopening plan that Clark County lawmakers adopted for the state’s most populous area and its main economic region depends on reports by regional health officials about the percentage of people aged 16 and over in the county who received at least one injection vaccination. On Tuesday, that number was around 43%.