2020 was a bad year for Las Vegas. A shut down that lasted for months, tourists and gamblers who just didn’t come, and attendance caps and restrictions all led up to billions of dollars in lost revenue.
However there’s some good news for Las Vegas, as Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak, citing improved COVID numbers, recently announced he’s rolling back several of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions.
The restrictions were most recently updated in November, and those limited casino capacity to just 25%. However starting on Feb. 15, several capacity limits will begin to increase, albeit in phases.
- On February 15, caps for casino floors will go from 25% to 35%.
- For those looking for other forms of entertainment, arcades, racetracks, bowling alleys and pool halls will also increase to 35%. Meanwhile, museums, art galleries, aquariums and zoos will be allowed to go up to 50% capacity.
- Indoor dining at restaurants and bars will be capped at 35% capacity. However outdoor dining will have no capacity limits. Furthermore, effective February 15, reservations for restaurants will no longer be required, and the number of people allowed to sit at a table will go from four to six.
If all goes well, restrictions will be eased even more on March 15, when businesses operating at 35% (hello, casinos!) will be able to increase their capacity to 50%.
It’s not all good news for everyone, though. High-risk businesses and activities (think adult entertainment and brothels) will remain closed through at least May 1st.
Of course, even with higher attendance caps, precautions will continue. Mask use and social distancing will still be required the same as previously.
Go to this YouTube page to see Governor Sisolak’s complete announcement.
This photo on the Governor’s Twitter page shows a snapshot of the planned eased restrictions.
“As we ease restrictions, we must follow the science and studies, which states clearly and repeatedly that closures to certain settings are more impactful in reducing disease transmission,” said Sisolak. “While we are hopeful that trends will continue to decrease if all mitigation measures are followed, we must remain flexible – as we have done all along.”
Feature Photo: Pixabay
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