Common sense does not always prevail.
Nevada’s COVID-19 task force on Thursday voted to keep bars in Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, closed with limits on how many people can eat together at restaurants.
Bars were closed statewide in March and remained shuttered for 48 days before being allowed to reopen June 30. Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered bars in and around Las Vegas and Reno closed again on July 27 after coronavirus cases soared in those areas.
Sisolak turned over authority for reopening the businesses to his COVID-19 task force last Friday and said he would allow his existing closure order to expire at midnight on Thursday. Bars that don’t serve food will be allowed to reopen at 50% occupancy if all employees wear face coverings and customers sit six feet apart.
Casinos, still the lifeblood of Nevada’s economy, have remained open throughout the virus’ latest swell in the Silver State.
County officials on Wednesday disclosed a record number of calls about party houses over the past couple of months, including two at one house where more than 100 people gathered in the past three weeks. They said reopening bars in the county that houses Reno would provide an opportunity for people to “get together to socialize in a regulated and controlled environment.”
The task force also rejected Washoe County’s bar reopening plan.