Las Vegas bar house owners are responding to a different closure to forestall the unfold of COVID-19

Governor Steve Sisolak’s most recent policy on Friday closed all bars, pubs, taverns, distilleries, breweries and wineries that do not serve food in seven counties of Nevada, including Clark and Washoe, home of Las Vegas and Reno, respectively. Bars without a catering service must remain closed until at least July 24th to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Cases in Clark County have increased since bars were allowed to reopen on May 29.

“We know that COVID-19 can spread easily when people gather over a long period of time, for example in a bar. In states like Arizona, Texas and Florida, which have seen significant peaks, everyone has taken measures to to roll back the bars, ”Sisolak said in a press conference on Thursday. “Recently, Dr. Fauci, the leading infectious disease expert in the US, noted that gathering in bars poses a significant risk and is one of the most dangerous things people could do right now. We have to take his advice. “

Some bar owners are banding together to potentially file lawsuits against the state. A group of up to 50 tavern owners believe that the state is targeting bars, especially those with games built into the bars, a lucrative source of income.

Amy Vandermark, Marketing Manager for Distill and Remedy Bars, told KTNV, “We see that casinos are still open and functional, and we feel like we did everything we were asked to and we are trying find out why we’re being targeted. “

Steiner’s pub owner Roger Sachs estimates that around 50 percent of his sales in three local bars come from games.

Some bars like Commonwealth and the new Lucky Day and Discopussy in Fremont East have closed voluntarily. Nick Starr also closed The Pint and The Martini on the west side.

Others, like ReBar in the Arts District, turned away on the side of the road serving cocktails and liquor at owner Derek Stonebarger’s neighboring Davy’s, a food venue.

Bars have also been closed in the districts of Elko, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon and Nye. The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services wants the seven counties to perform an average of 150 tests per day per 100,000 residents. a 14-day new employment rate of less than 100 per 100,000 population; and a 7-day average of positive tests, measured after a 7-day delay, divided by the county population. Districts with a case rate greater than 100 meet these criteria for an increased risk of disease transmission, while districts with a case rate greater than 25 and a test positivity rate greater than 7 percent meet these criteria for an increased risk of disease transmission.

On Friday when the governor issued his new policy, Nevada reported 1,004 new cases, a new high for the state.

Pools and gyms may be nearby. “I want to be crystal clear: when you are not actively going into a pool, swimming in a pool, or walking out of a pool, you should always have face covering. It’s that simple, ”Sisolak warned these companies.

On Thursday, Sisolak found that OSHA was monitoring companies across the country to see how they were following his instructions. This included wearing a mask indoors and outdoors when a social distance of two meters is not possible. “To date, OSHA has performed more than 1,500 initial observations with a compliance rate of 79 percent. This means that one fifth of the companies visited by OSHA inspectors are not following our measures, and this is unacceptable. “

He found that fewer than half of the bars visited by OSHA inspectors were compliant.

Sisolak also says that restaurants and other food service companies can’t host parties of more than six people indoors or outdoors, and he strongly recommends dining outdoors.

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