The State of Nevada implemented regulations restricting business operations and specifying which businesses must close.

Governor Steve Sisolak's March 20, 2020, Directive states that nonessential businesses that promote extended periods of social interaction must close and that essential businesses must follow strict guidelines or directives. Regulations implementing Governor Sisolak's Directive 003 were issued by the Nevada Division of Emergency Management at 4:46 p.m., March 20, 2020. A copy of those regulations follows in this advisory.

The regulations define "Essential Licensed Business" and give examples. Such essential businesses include health care, mining and manufacturing, for example. The regulations also define "Non-Essential Business." Such businesses include recreational activities like sporting event venues; retail businesses that do not qualify as essential; and gaming establishments. Any business that remains open must comply with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines entitled "Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission." The Nevada regulations with be codified in NAC 414.XXX.

Further regulations instruct businesses that remain in operation to follow hygiene guidelines and COVID-19 risk mitigation policies. The Governor's Directive empowers law enforcement to enforce criminal and civil penalties for failure to comply with the Directive and regulations and empowers local authorities, including cities and counties, to enforce the regulations through licensure regulation and revocation.

Links to the Emergency Regulations and the Declaration of Emergency Directive.

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