The Strip reopens this week following an unprecedented two-a-half-month shutdown to slow the spreading coronavirus pandemic. Remaining on the sidelines, however, are the arenas, showrooms and convention spaces utilized for non-gaming attractions that have become part of its financial lifeblood and attracted so many tourists last year.
About 70 medical students are now volunteering as testers, babysitters and phone bankers through the Washoe County Health District, Reno’s Emergency Medical Services Authority (REMSA) and other providers.
In an order released on Friday, federal District Court Judge Miranda Du partially granted the request of Fair Maps Nevada to extend the deadline to collect signatures for the petition, which needs to garner 97,598 signatures by June 24 to make it on to the ballot. Attorneys for the group previously said it had collected around 10,000 signatures before Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered nonessential business shutdowns and other social distancing directives in mid-March.
The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation reported on Friday that the number of “continued claims” — which reflect people filing for benefits for successive weeks — has ticked down for the first time since the pandemic began.
Signaling the deep economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, statewide gambling revenue in April dropped 99.61 percent compared to what casino and online operators collected in April last year, the Gaming Control Board reported.
One of the applicants who did receive payment was Frank Seaver, a self-employed sports writer from Las Vegas who has been out of work since the pandemic largely shut down sports. He said 11 weeks of back benefits through PUA were deposited in his account on Wednesday morning, after he got a notification a day before that the payment had been approved.
Gov. Steve Sisolak has released a formal directive for Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, which begins Friday and allows places such as gyms, indoor malls, bars and bowling alleys to open their doors.
With June approaching and Sisolak announcing a move into a broader “Phase 2” business and societal reopening effective Friday, questions are percolating about whether the moratorium may be extended, and if not, how people in a state with 28.2 percent unemployment can make several months of rent or mortgage payments that suddenly come due.
Amid widespread limits on non-essential travel, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport — in normal times one of the busiest airports in the world — saw the number of passengers passing through the airport last month fall by more than 96 percent compared to the same time in 2019.
Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 test came back negative. He was tested Tuesday after learning that an employee at the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation in Carson City tested positive for the virus.
In an order released Wednesday evening, Judge Miranda Du denied the amended request by Texas-based True the Vote and several Nevada voters to block the state’s election plan over fears of voter fraud, as well as because of an agreement between Democratic groups and Clark County election officials to mail ballots to inactive voters.
Attorneys for the Legislative Counsel Bureau told lawmakers on an interim redistricting commission on Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent delays in scheduled 2020 census activities, meant that the state would not receive demographic data needed for the redistricting process until after the end of the 120-day legislative session in 2021.
Resorts must check guests’ temperature upon arrival or have a medical professional on property at all times and require guests to complete a symptom self-assessment, according to an updated policy released Wednesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board as casinos gear up for reopening.
Washoe County Health District officials acknowledged during a weekly press call on Wednesday that the number of new COVID-19 cases is not declining but rather plateauing as the state has started to reopen portions of its economy.