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Sisolak: "Pause" extended to February 14, 2021

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  1. Sonya

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    Governor Sisolak just had a press conference where he addressed the rising numbers of COVID cases in Nevada.

    Here is an overview of what was said.

    Sisolak points out that 13 out of 17 counties are flagged for elevated risk of the spread of COVID-19. At the beginning of October, only two counties were flagged. He also notes that the state recently experienced a record number of daily cases, 2,416, in one day. That broke the previous record, 1,639, from July. He described Nevada's case rate growth as "at wildfire levels." Sisolak notes that 10 percent of all COVID-19 cases recorded in Nevada since the beginning of the pandemic were reported in the last seven days.

    "I’ve mentioned this high wire act before. This great balancing act. And I feel like we’ve been living in this no-win situation for nearly nine months."

    Nevada will enter a "Pause" of at least 3 weeks, starting Tuesday, November 24th at 12:01 am.
    • All Nevadans and Visitors are required to wear masks when in the presence of people from outside their household, whether indoors our outdoors. This includes private gatherings
    • Restaurants and Bars will reduce to 25% capacity. Also, RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AT ALL FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS, NO WALK INS.
    • Restaurants and Bars are allowed no more than 4 people per table.
    • Restaurant and Bars: You must keep your mask on at all times, unless actively eating or drinking.
    • Galleries, museums, amusement, movie theaters, bowling all go from 50% to 25% capacity
    • Gaming Operations are limited to 25% capacity.
    • Public gatherings are limited to 25% of 50 people, whichever is less. This includes churches, casino showrooms, theaters, weddings.
    • Brothels, strip clubs, day clubs and night clubs remain closed.

    Couple more quotes:

    "Our casinos, hotels, restaurants and bars are open with strict restrictions so that we can protect our economy

    "We’ve talked about wearing masks to protect our elderly parents and grandparents. And we’ve talked about staying home so we can keep our economy open."

    "If this is not taken seriously and our situation worsens in the next three weeks – continuing the current trajectory that threatens our health care infrastructure -- I will be forced to intervene and to take stronger action."

    "I don't want to impose further restrictions. We are too close to the real solution, the vaccine, to give up now."

    Couple of media questions you might be interested in:


    (Missed who asked this): Why did you go with these restrictions rather than a total shutdown of businesses?

    Sisolak: We tried that earlier in pandemic, and it was devastating to our economy. I believe these protocols, if we follow them, will cut down on spread.


    Howard Stutz: How do you enforce the 25% limit on casinos?

    Sisolak: "I can assure that the full force of the Nevada Gaming Control Board will be behind the implementation and enforcement of these 25% requirements." They will be penalized if they don't follow,



    And here is the Nevada Independent article on the press conference:

    https://thenevadaindependent.com/article/sisolak-limits-gathering-sizes-reduces-occupancy-at-certain-places-as-covid-19-cases-climb


    I would appreciate if we could all keep this thread factual with follow up from people on the ground on how the casinos are handling the capacity issues, restaurant reservations, and mask enforcement.

    Let's not derail this thread. Thanks!
     
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  2. Vegas348fan

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    The 25% in casinos should be ok to the end of the year. This is the slow time of year unless I missed something.
     
  3. Sonya

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    This weekend will be busy. There was talk in the press conference about some door checkers at retail places counting people to keep the capacity under 25%. I don't know how casinos will handle this and I'm curious to hear what people on the ground see on Tuesday, and especially as the weekend crowds come into town.

    I'm also curious how some of the restaurants are going to address the reservation requirement.
     
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    Thanks for the information! I'm also curious how the restaurant situation will be addressed (especially for fast food restaurants).

    However, these rules did help me with one decision. I was supposed to fly to Vegas on December 1st, and I was on the fence about doing so. With these new restrictions, it pushed me over the fence to the cancel side. Of course, everyone will have to make their own decision as to their travel plans.
     
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  5. Sfgiants13

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    So with bars at 25% capacity how does that affect bartops?
     
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    New (not so great) COVID fact: Since the start of the pandemic, a quarter (24%) of ALL #COVID19 cases in Nevada were identified in the month of November.
     
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    Based on the Governor's edict, I will still go. I have reservations at all of the restaurants that I'm going to, and will keep to myself most of the time.


    UPDATE:
    That is, unless California makes their 14 day quarantine MANDATORY vs. VOLUNTARY
     
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    Reservations for all restaurants, including fast food. How will this work, logistically?
     
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  9. EzE

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    They definately need more specifics on how the 25% capacity is implemented.

    At 50% a few weeks ago, there were varied levels of implementation that I saw.
    Restaurants:
    Some had only half the tables, and every other table not used. This is what I'd prefer to see.
    Some had half the tables, but all one on side of their space. Effectively, just jamming everyone into one area. I got up and left from one place because the table behind me, and to one side of me had people seated. Way too close, and one had a guy that was coughing like he was sick.
    Some had like 3/4ths the tables used, but many weren't using all seats. Like 3 people at 4 seat table. Even before this, not every seat was used. Imagine if every table was used for half the seats, would you feel safer at all?
    The Food Court like area in Caesars Palace just had signs saying to social distance, but all tables open and at crowded times well over 50% of them used.

    Gaming Floor:
    Some places had every other slot machine turned off, and every other table closed.
    Other places had them all turned on with half the seats, and people would just stand and play or move the seats with zero enforcement.
    Tables at some places had entire areas closed, but all the open ones were all next to each other in the same bank/grouping. Effectively jamming people into one area. There would also be times groups of people were behind the active tables drinking and smoking an waiting.
    I saw no place counting heads entering/exiting the casino like my local does, but even then half the fire code limit is still enough to fill every gaming seat.
     
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    After talking to my wife we just decided to cancel our Christmas trip. I was super excited about going since we haven't been this year, but Vegas will still be there once all this crap is behind us. 2020 you suck!
     
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    Does this mean no smoking or drinking on the casino floor?
     
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    I assume fast food will go to carryout only
     
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    I didn’t get the impression that there’s no smoking or drinking. Just that you have to wear a mask when you’re not actively drinking which is nothing new.
     
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    No smoking I can deal with. No drinking no way. Not sure that's what this is about. Just space out and enjoy. I'm happy to do my 4th trip this year, COVID free too.
     
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    There was nothing about smoking in the press conference.

    The only thing addressed was about restaurants, where you need to be wearing a mask unless "actively eating or drinking".

    And masks always outside of your household group, even outside.
     
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    On the capacity issue on the casino floor, there was only mention of "proper distancing" at bartops. I think the same distancing rules apply for gaming, but the overall capacity is reduced.

    I'm interested in hearing from people in town this week about the actual changes in practice.
     
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    I'm wondering how they enforce it for outside. Who can they blame for it outside? I assume not the casinos, and unless they going to have some penalty then people will ignore it.
     
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    And 10% in the last week.

    Ah, the fatal flaw in the "Pause" plan. ;)

    The governor was asked about enforcement. Casinos are accountable to the Gaming Control Board, so expect attempts at compliance from them.

    When asked about enforcement in general, Sisolak said something like, "We are not the mask police" and went on to talk about why people should comply.

    You should want to comply. It's the right thing to do.. But if the attitudes about this virus don't change quickly, nothing will improve. And if the trajectory in Nevada does not improve in the 3 weeks, the governor said that there will be no choice but to impose further restrictions.

    We are at an inflection point in this pandemic. We can either protect ourselves and each other, especially over the next month or so, or we will face the consequences later.
     
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    I agree that without penalties there is a fatal flaw in the restriction. Leaving it up to people, there will always be that one guy that doesn't think it applies to them. Also, seemed early on people were mostly following the rules, but my trip earlier this month it was much worse. I think people are fed up and at a point where they are more likely to just ignore policies, that and people have probably seen no enforcement so they stopped following the rules.
     
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    Again, this is not a thread about smoking. There are other threads for that. Thanks!
     
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