Gov. Steve Sisolak today announced Nevada will lift its statewide social distancing mandate on May 1, and authority on capacity restrictions will then transition to local governments.
The state is on track to reopen to 100% capacity in all counties by June 1.
Nevada’s mask mandate will continue indefinitely.
Clark County, where Las Vegas is located, will decide next week on a reopening plan. It’s not clear when they plan to fully retire the current 50% capacity restriction, but commissioners are expected to allow the reopening of nightclubs and buffets, while increasing restaurant table sizes from 6 to 10 people.
Capacity limits at casinos continue to be controlled by the state’s Gaming Control Board, who has indicated they’ll favor increases based on vaccination rates of employees.
Sisolak said low COVID-19 infections and increasing vaccination rates allowed the state to ease restrictions. Nearly 40 percent of Nevadans 16 and older have are at least partially vaccinated.
Today’s news opens the door for many aspects of Las Vegas tourism to return, including conventions and other large-scale gatherings. Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas — set for May 21-23 — will be the largest event to take place in Las Vegas (and perhaps the country) since the shutdowns began in March 2020.