Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak on Tuesday announced plans to fully reopen all counties in the state to 100% capacity in early June.
Sisolak told a news conference that all decisions made by the state have been thoughtful and deliberative throughout the pandemic as it paves the way for a return to a “more normal lifestyle in Nevada.” by June.
“As with every decision I have had to make throughout this pandemic, I know a lot of people will say it’s too early, others will say it’s not soon enough,” Sisolak said.
Over the past month, the governor added, daily new cases stabilized at relatively low levels as more residents received COVID-19 vaccines.
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Starting in May, statewide social distancing regulations will be removed and passed to counties without authority over other mitigation efforts, but residents will still be required to wear masks for now.
Sisolak highlighted several goals, including getting the Nevadans back to work and restarting conventions, which he said would speed up the state’s economic recovery.
Sisolak also said that federal health agencies’ recommendation on Tuesday to suspend injections of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine did not affect the plans.
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Several states relaxed lockdown restrictions to varying degrees earlier this year, including Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
However, infection rates in the United States are rising even as officials rush to administer doses of COVID-19 vaccines to prevent serious illness and additional deaths.
The potential spread of more contagious variants in communities is also of concern.
So far, about 22.7% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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