Dozens of Las Vegas-area bars are suing the state and Gov. Steve Sisolak to invalidate last week’s order temporarily shuttering bars in seven Nevada counties.
The lawsuit, filed Sunday in the 8th Judicial District Court in Clark County, asks the court to reverse Sisolak’s order, which required bars in seven counties — Clark, Washoe, Elko, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon and Nye — to cease service. Bars that serve food are allowed to remain open, and bars are allowed to do curbside service or deliveries.
“We know that COVID-19 can easily spread when people are congregating for long periods of time, like inside a bar,” Sisolak said when he announced the closure. “In states where we have seen significant spikes, such as Arizona, Texas and Florida, they have all taken actions to roll back bars. Recently, Dr. (Anthony) Fauci, the U.S.’s top infectious-disease expert, advised that congregating in bars poses a significant risk and is one of the most dangerous things people could do right now. We must heed his advice.”
Counties that met at least two of three criteria for elevated disease transmission had to shut down bars under the order. The criteria, set out by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, involve the average number of tests conducted per day, the number of cases diagnosed and the overall test positivity rate.
The counties are set to be reevaluated for a possible reopening on July 24.