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Nevada governor says casinos could reopen next week

27 May 2020

On Tuesday night during a telephone news conference, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the state is ready to move into Phase 2 of its recovery plan. Sisolak added that he feels "confident" in the 4 June reopening date for casinos that he announced last week.

"Last week, I set a target reopening date of Thursday, June 4, for our gaming industry," the governor said. "Based on the meeting today and the positive trends in our data, I have informed the Chair of the Gaming Control Board that I feel confident in the June 4th target date.

"The Board was briefed on how these various entities have worked with the gaming industry to ensure that there is a comprehensive plan in place to respond to and mitigate the effects of positive cases of COVID-19 that present themselves in the State’s resort corridors . . . I know the Gaming Control Board remains resolute in ensuring that gaming operations in this State do not compromise the health and safety of Nevadans, our employees and our visitors."

He added that the Gaming Board will issue an industry notice today, setting forth requirements for the resumption of gaming operations in the state.

Sisolak was supposed to appear at a press conference to speak to the media, but said his office was potentially exposed to COVID-19 last week.

"Out of an abundance of caution, I will be quarantining in the Nevada Governor’s Mansion in Carson City until I receive results of a COVID-19 test I took today. I will let you know as soon as I get the results," he said.

The governor opened the press conference by announcing that the state's cumulative test positivity rate – which is the number of people testing positive against the total number of tests – has declined to 6.5% and has seen a downward trend for 31 days.

As for confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations, Nevada is in the midst of a 35-day downward trend. According to the Nevada Hospital Association, intensive care and ventilator use remained flat over this past long weekend, and hospitals continue to have enough capacity to manage a surge at this time.

“Nevadans have done an incredible job helping to flatten the curve and I want to again thank you for understanding the severity of this health care crisis and for taking the necessary precautionary measures, like making a face covering a part of everyday wear,” Gov. Sisolak said. “Our collective actions have helped bring us to where we are today, ready to begin Phase 2 of reopening.”

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