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Sisolak targeting June 4 reopening date for casinos

Signage as seen on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)

Nevada’s casinos could welcome back customers as soon as June 4, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Friday afternoon.

The governor plans to hold a press conference Tuesday to discuss entering Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. It’s the same day the Nevada Gaming Control Board will host a workshop with state and local health officials regarding COVID-19 response measures at resort-hotels. 

The control board is requiring gaming properties to submit reopening plans seven days before opening their doors again, and their reopening is hinged on the continued downward trends in COVID-19 data.

Saturday marks two weeks since the state allowed restaurants, some retail businesses and hair and nail salons to reopen under Phase 1 with certain social-distancing restrictions. Casinos have been shut down since March 17.

“Without a thoughtful and measured reopening of Nevada's gaming industry, all of the work that Nevadans have done to fight the spread of this viral pandemic will have been for naught,” a news release from the Governor’s Office on Friday stated. “The Gaming Control Board remains resolute in ensuring that gaming operations in this State do not compromise the health and safety of Nevadans.”

Sisolak also urged Nevadans to wear face masks and practice social distancing to remain safe over the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

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