Update on Bars Reopening – Sept. 16, 2020

Bars, taverns, pubs, breweries, distilleries and wineries can reopen effective Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m., per a decision by the Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force. 

Washoe County and the Cities of Reno and Sparks worked with the Washoe County Bar/Taproom Coalition on reopening procedures. We hosted a Question and Answer session with bar owners that can be played back by going to this link.

 

COVID-19 Information for Businesses in Washoe County

The page outlines the requirements for specified business and industry operations in Washoe County during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cities of Reno and Sparks, as well as Washoe County and the State of Nevada, have issued declarations of emergency to fight COVID-19 in our community.

The regional agencies in Washoe County are working together to help businesses understand the mandatory mitigation measures put in place and how to best protect your employees and customers. Washoe County is currently experiencing elevated COVID-19 transmission and businesses restrictions are currently in place.

We follow guidance from the Governor’s Office and Nevada’s COVID-19 Task Force as to which businesses can stay open and what precautions businesses should take to safely operate. The main factors that will keep business open under restrictions are testing, cases per 100,000 and positivity rate.

To see where Washoe County currently sits and more information, go to the NV Health Response website. In the meantime, please see important updates below as well as a list of what specific business sectors must do to comply with COVID-19 guidance in Washoe County.

All business restrictions are valid while Washoe County is in a state of an emergency. 

Businesses that are closed

The following are closed or prohibited per the Governor’s Directive

  • Special events & gatherings of more than 25 people
  • Adult entertainment establishments
  • Live sporting event venues with spectators
  • Live performance venues with spectators
  • Nightclubs & day clubs
  • Spectator-less and closed events
    • Spectators will NOT be allowed at events with live performances and performers. However, certain events will be allowed under specific restrictions for the purpose of broadcasting or live streaming, but they will NOT include a live audience or any spectators
    • This may include sporting events, concerts, theater performances, or other entertainment type events. There will be also be protocols for other spectator-less events that will not be filmed or broadcasted
    • To hold a spectator-less or closed event, the event operator is required to submit an operation plan to the appropriate entity with jurisdiction over the event. For example, the Gaming Control Board will approve events on gaming properties, the Nevada Athletic Commission will approve events for any athletic competitions that it regulates, and the Nevada Department of Business & Industry will approve all other operations.

Gatherings

The Governor’s directive is for gatherings to be no more than 50, but Washoe County’s recommendation is to limit the number of people in a public gathering to 25 people or less, and to 10 or less for private gatherings, with social distancing and face coverings. All other State of Nevada guidelines are in place for Washoe County residents and businesses and may be found here.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s directive mandates the use of face coverings in public. The public is strongly encouraged to stay home and limit trips into public as much as possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In addition, we recommend the following in Washoe County:

  • Limit public gatherings to up to 25 people with social distancing and face masks
  • Maintain 6 feet of social distancing with non-household members
  • If you get tested for COVID-19, self isolate until you get the results.
    • Self isolate for 14 days if you are determined to be a close contact to a COVID-19 case.
  • If you test positive, you must stay at home/quarantine for 14 days
    • The Washoe County Health District will release all positive cases from self isolation

Vulnerable populations should stay at home including those 55 years and older who have/are:

  • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
  • Serious heart conditions
  • Compromised immune system
  • Pregnant
  • Determined to be high risk by a licensed healthcare provider

 

Business / Employer Guidance

Mandatory:

  • All employers shall require employees who interact with the public to wear face coverings, to the maximum extent practicable
  • Adopt an OSHA plan (to include social distancing and sanitation measures) to prevent COVID-19 and obey directives. Staff must be trained on the business’ plan. The business’ plan does not need to be submitted to any permitting organization but must be available upon request by the state/regional licensing/permitting agency for the business type. The business’ plan for ensuring employee/customer safety must be prominently displayed for all to see in public and employee spaces.

Guidance:

  • Mandate employees and encourage customers to wear face coverings
  • Encourage telework when possible and feasible with business operations
  • Close common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact or enforce strict social distancing protocols
  • Ensure sick leave policies are flexible/non-punitive (follow guidance from the Nevada Labor Commissioner regarding sick leave policies)
  • Strongly consider special accommodations for staff who are members of a vulnerable population
  • Consider employee symptom self-assessment (fever, cough or shortness of breath)
  • Strongly encourage sick employees to stay home until fever/symptom free
  • Promptly separate employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms
  • Frequently perform enhanced environmental cleaning of commonly touched surfaces per CDC guidelines
  • Implement separate operating hours for the elderly and vulnerable customers
  • Designate with signage, tape or by other means, six feet of spacing for employees, customers, clients or members to maintain appropriate distance
  • Have hand sanitizer, and sanitizing products, readily available for employees and customers

Must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with the social distancing and sanitation requirements, including, where possible, the following:

  • Designate Six-Foot (6) Distances: designating with signage, tape or by other means, six (6) feet of spacing for employees, customers, clients or members to maintain appropriate distance
  • Hand Sanitizer and Sanitizing Products: having hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol), and sanitizing products, readily available for employees and customers
  • Separate Operating Hours for Vulnerable Populations: implementing separate operating hours for the senior and vulnerable customers
  • Online and Remote Access: posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and to continue services by phone or remotely

Businesses that May Reopen with Restrictions

The following businesses may open with the following restrictions. Click on the links below to get specific information related to that industry. 

  • Gyms & Fitness Facilities (including studios)
  • Body Art Establishments
  • Skin Care Salons
  • Massage Services
  • Summer Camps (day and residential)
  • Aquatic Facilities/Swimming Lessons (local and public pools)
  • Bars
  • Childcare Facilities
  • Houses of Worship

See information for each of those businesses below. 

Gyms & Fitness Facilities (including studios):

  • Members and capacity limited to 50% of applicable fire code allow for social distancing including equipment adequately spaced or listed as “closed” as necessary to ensure distancing
  • Classes limited to number of participants to ensure distancing
  • Face coverings required by employees when practicable
  • Locker rooms, break areas, showers, steam rooms, hot tubs and other communal facilities closed until further notice (restroom excluded)
  • No contact sports allowed (basketball, boxing, martial arts, and wrestling)

Body Art Establishments:

  • Services by appointment only and waiting customers shall wait outside, socially distanced
  • Face coverings required by employees; customers and clients to wear coverings to the extent practicable
  • No body art or piercing may be done around the nose or mouth
  • Employees to be screened for symptoms including temperature check
  • Partitions are strongly encouraged between stations and must be at least 6 ft. apart if no wall or partition between chairs/workstations – see additional state and local guidelines in the industry section of this document

Faith-Based Services (including weddings, funerals, etc.):

  • Communities of worship are strongly encouraged to continue to offer online telecommunication tools and drive-up options to conduct services or other operations and are discouraged from operating in person. If a Community of worship elects to conduct in-person services, the following rules must be followed:
    • Seating arranged to allow for social distancing and restricted to no more than 25 people with face coverings required for anyone above the age of 2 years old (with the exception of readers, song leaders when appropriate) and officiants within 6 ft. of others
    • Refrain from physical contact of any type and no shared food or drink, including communion, allowed
  • Weddings, funerals, baptisms, and initiations are permitted if the services can be performed following the guidelines contained in this section

Skin Care Salons:

  • May open under protocols set forth by the Nevada Board of Cosmetology and include services such as facials, eyelash services, hair removal, esthetician, and tanning
  • Partitions are strongly encouraged between stations and must be at least 6 ft. apart if no wall or partition between chairs/workstations
  • Services by appointment only and waiting customers shall wait outside, socially distanced
  • Face coverings required by employees; customers and clients to wear coverings to the extent practicable
  • Businesses must follow the Enhanced Sanitation Guidelines for Salons in Response to COVID-19 issued by the Nevada Board of Cosmetology
  • Steam rooms, saunas, salt therapy rooms, hot tubs and other communal facilities are not allowed to reopen (except pools – see Aquatic Facilities)

Massage:

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times by therapists, and staff; clients should wear face coverings to the extent practicable
  • Intake screening, via client intake forms to be conducted prior to treatment
  • Out-call and/or in-home service may be provided – to follow same protocols as establishments
  • Sanitization guidelines strictly adhered to per state guidelines NAC 640C.200-360 and conducted between each client with linens properly sealed/treated
  • See additional state and local guidelines in the industry section of this document

Aquatic Facilities/Swimming Lessons:

  • Apartment complex, HOA, and pools at hotels/motels/timeshares will be allowed to operate with capacity limited to no more than 50% occupancy based on fire code with 6 ft. social distancing required in and around the pool area (may include removal/spacing of lounge furniture)
  • Hot tubs shall be closed until further guidance
  • Locker room restrictions should be enforced to avoid gathering
  • Swim lesson facilities should be limited to no more than 50% occupancy based on fire code with 6 ft. social distancing required in and around the pool area
  • Face coverings for employees but do NOT use face coverings in water
  • Attendees encouraged to bring their own towels, equipment, arrive/leave wearing swimsuit
  • Public aquatic venues with locker rooms must be limited to access for only public restrooms and shower facilities, which should be cleaned regularly
  • Deck layouts and furniture must be arranged to ensure that in the standing and seating areas individuals can remain at least six feet apart

Trade/Technical Schools:

  • May reopen and operate at no more than 50% of allowed occupancy based on fire code
  • Distance learning continued to be encouraged for classes; in person classes must be spaced for 6 ft. distance and masks for attendees/instructors are required
  • Keep a log of attendee contact information and conduct temperature/symptom checks
  • Disinfect classrooms and materials and provide hand sanitizer stations
  • Classrooms for children remain closed in alignment with statewide schools

Indoor Venues/Galleries/Movie Theatres/Bowling Alleys/Arcades:

  • May open/operate at no more than 50% of allowed occupancy based on applicable fire code and maintaining six feet of social distancing
  • Close all interactive and/or hands-on exhibits
  • Face coverings required
  • Indoor Malls may reopen and operate at no more than 50% occupancy per fire code, including no more than 50% capacity within each individual retail store, which must comply with all there tail business restrictions, including six feet social distancing.
    • Face coverings are required for employees interacting with the public and are strongly encouraged for all customers
    • Mall operators will be responsible for prohibiting customers from sitting or lingering in any congregation areas (inside or outside) of an indoor mall (except for food court – below); benches and seating areas shall be closed
  • Food Courts may only operate at 50% capacity and under other restaurant restrictions

Outdoor Venues/Galleries/Zoos/Miniature Golf/Amusement Parks/Climbing Walls/Racetracks:

  • Does NOT include live performances with spectators
  • May open/operate at no more than 50% of allowed occupancy based on applicable fire code and maintaining six feet of social distancing
  • Water parks will be allowed to operate

Continue to Operate Under These Standards:

  • Grocery Stores: Will still not be allowed to offer self-serve food options such as salad bars and unpackaged dry goods, like nuts, seeds, coffee, etc. Stores can still pre-package these items and sell them, but they can no longer remain open for self-service. Cap at 50% of store capacity based on local fire code to maximize spacing between customers. Staff should maintain a count of the number of customers exiting and entering stores.
  • Recreational areas: Local governments shall continue limiting the general public’s use of shared recreational equipment, including playground equipment, basketball courts, volleyball courts, baseball fields, beaches, or football fields in a manner that causes the congregation of 25 or more persons contrary to best COVID-19 disease mitigation social distancing practices.
  • Golf, tennis, and pickleball activities: May continue to operate as long as they comply with social distancing, sanitation, and other requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • State parks: Continue as day use only and now with restrictions on overnight stays.
  • Beverage production facilities (e.g. breweries, distilleries, and wineries): without food service options may now open at 50% maximum capacity/distancing and may continue to manufacture product and can continue curbside and/or pick-up operations. NO serving for consumption on the premises. Many of these are licensed and permitted as Bars.
  • Restaurants: strongly encouraged to continue reservations, curbside, delivery, and/or pickup operations. Continue dine-in and waiting areas under existing strict social distancing requirements. Self-service stations remain “not permitted”. Bar seating will be allowed with social distancing restrictions.
  • Pubs, Wineries, Bars, Breweries that serve food: strongly encouraged to continue curbside pick-up/carryout and may open based on general restaurant restrictions; bar-tops now open to drinking and eating with social distancing measures enforced.
  • Retail: employees should wear masks/face coverings and encourage customers to as well. Continue to promote and continue online or call-in ordering and curbside delivery. Continue to limit number of customers to no more than 50% of allowed occupancy. See guidance on open air and indoor malls as well as vehicle dealerships on the State of Nevada website.
  • Barber Shops, Hair and Nail Salons: continue to operate under strict social distancing requirements with partitions between workstations strongly encouraged. Services by appointment only and waiting areas must adhere to strict social distancing. Face coverings required and staff to follow the Enhanced Sanitation Guidelines for Nevada Salons.
  • Professional Services and Other General Office Environments: Legal services, accounting services, and real estate services should be conducted virtually or by telephone whenever possible. Staff should be encouraged to continue to work from home as much as possible or return to work in phases.
  • State and Local Governments: State and local government offices may open to the public during in a responsible way to provide services that cannot be provided online.
  • Cannabis Dispensaries: retail cannabis dispensaries were able to offer curbside sales and home delivery as well as in-store sales pursuant to guidance from the Marijuana Enforcement Division / Cannabis Compliance Board.
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Other Businesses Previously Deemed Essential

Businesses that were originally deemed essential and that are not discussed further in this document must follow the general social distancing and sanitation guidelines as well as any other directives provided by the State. These establishments include, but are not limited to:

  • Healthcare services
  • Business that sell or rent medical supplies
  • Essential infrastructure operations like construction & manufacturing, agriculture, and utilities
  • Entities that provide food, shelter, or social services for vulnerable populations
  • Transportation
  • Lodging – Local agencies will not further define or limit which stays are considered essential and will allow essential stays to exceed the 28-day limit otherwise applicable to lodging facilities
  • Childcare facilities
  • Media services
  • Plumbers, electricians, exterminators, home security, and other similar service providers

Guidance & Enforcement

Businesses must create individualized plans to mitigate the risks associated with Covid-19 and to ensure the safety of their employees and customers/guests. Anyone with concerns that a business is operating in a manner that is hazardous to the health of employees and customers/guests is encouraged to report to the appropriate regulatory body:

(By business location, contact appropriate agency as listed above)

Gyms & Fitness Facilities (including studios)

  • Reno
  • Sparks
  • Washoe County

Body Art Establishments

  • Reno
  • Sparks
  • Washoe County
  • Washoe County Health District

Skin Care Salons

Massage Services

Summer Camps (day and residential)

  • Reno
  • Sparks
  • Washoe County
  • Washoe County Health District

Aquatic Facilities/Swimming Lessons

  • Reno
  • Sparks
  • Washoe County
  • Washoe County Health District

Bars

  • Reno
  • Sparks
  • Washoe County
  • Washoe County Health District

Houses of Worship

  • Reno
  • Sparks
  • Washoe County

For employee concerns related to their workplace safety and compliance with these guidelines Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the appropriate enforcement agency and can be reached by calling 775-684-7270. Additional information can be found at NV OSHA.

Each entities’ compliance staff will investigate complaints regarding businesses that are not in compliance with the COVID-19 directives and reopening restrictions. The agencies are giving initial courtesy notices and informational guidance packets to non-compliant businesses. If businesses still refuse to operate in accordance with the guidelines, law enforcement will be notified, which may result in citations, fines, and possible revocation of business licenses.

Quick Reference Guidance by Industry

As facilities and businesses reopen, Washoe County is recommending that steps are taken to reduce further transmission in our community. The information in this document is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance and public health principals to help facilities open in a safe manner.

These guidelines are intended for the initial phases of reopening the economy and are subject to change depending on how the outbreak progresses.

  • Gyms & Fitness Facilities (including studios)
  • Body Art Establishments
  • Skin Care Salons
  • Massage Services
  • Summer Camps (day and residential)
  • Aquatic Facilities/Swimming Lessons (local and public pools)
  • Bars
  • Childcare Facilities
  • Houses of Worship

Gyms & Fitness Facilities (including studios) – Mandatory Procedures to Be Followed

Facility Guidelines

  • Limit access to members to provide adequate social distancing
  • Regulate exercise equipment to provide 6 ft. social distancing or will be designated inoperable/turned off
  • Limit group classes to allow for 6 ft. of spacing between members
  • Limit playroom areas to no more than 10 children no longer than 2 hours.
  • Post signage for social distancing, face covering, and WCHD information for symptomatic individuals
  • Clean facilities/equipment with hospital grade chemicals per EPA List N and CDC guidance no less than 1 time per shift. Follow directions on chemical label regarding contact time
  • Close locker rooms and employee break rooms until further notice
  • Disinfect frequently high-contact surfaces such as door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets, computers, etc.
  • Close water fountains or only allow touchless hydration stations; encourage members to bring their own water

Member Guidelines

  • Stay home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, a vulnerable population, or have had close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Maintain strict social distancing and wear a mask in the Gym while not actively working out
  • Wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and use provided disinfectants on equipment before/after use
  • Bring your own water

Employee Guidelines

  • Wear face coverings at all times
  • Stay home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, a vulnerable population, or have had close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Perform daily self-symptom assessment including monitoring for fever, cough, & trouble breathing
  • Assign additional staff to clean and disinfect areas as necessary including high-contact surfaces such as door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets, computers, etc.
  • Wash hands upon arrival, before and after meals/breaks, after using the restroom, after blowing nose, before leaving

 

Body Art Establishments – Mandatory Procedures to Be Followed

Business Guidelines

  • Ensure minimum 6 ft. between stations or install barriers
  • Service by appointment and keep customers to a minimum in waiting areas or waiting in vehicles
  • Post signage for social distancing, face covering, and WCHD information for symptomatic individuals
  • Do not perform body art around the nose or mouth due to mask requirement
  • Provide hand sanitizer stations
  • Clean facilities/equipment with hospital grade chemicals per EPA List N and CDC guidance no less than 1 time per shift. Follow directions on chemical label regarding contact time
  • Disinfect 3 times daily (minimum) high-contact surfaces such as door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets, computers, etc.
  • Disinfect stations including client tables and chairs following each body art procedure – CDC guidelines

Employee & Customer Guidelines

  • Wear face masks at all times – both employees and customers
  • Wear vinyl or nitrile exam gloves to perform body art as required by regulation
  • Stay home if are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, in a vulnerable population, or have had close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Perform daily self-symptom assessment including monitoring for fever, cough, & trouble breathing
  • Remove shared items such as magazines and artist books from client contact
  • Assign additional staff to clean and disinfect areas as necessary including high-contact surfaces such as door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets, computers, etc.
  • Wash hands upon arrival, before and after meals/breaks, after using the restroom, after blowing nose, before leaving
  • Contact Washoe County Health District about suspected cases or exposures
  • Shut down the Body Art Establishment and thoroughly sanitize following suspected or confirmed case on site

 

Skin Care Salons – Mandatory Procedures to Be Followed

Business Guidelines

  • Ensure minimum 6 ft. between stations or install barriers
  • Service by appointment and keep customers to a minimum in waiting areas or waiting in vehicles
  • Post signage for social distancing, face covering, and WCHD information for symptomatic individuals
  • Disinfect daily (minimum) high-contact surfaces such as door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets, computers, etc.
  • Disinfect stations including furniture between guests per CDC guidelines
  • Ventilate reception area and session room often by opening doors/windows
  • Provide clean linens for each guest; follow CDC guidelines for linen laundering and clean floors at the end of each day per CDC guidelines
  • Provide hand sanitizer and remove items from reception area (magazines, product samples, drinks etc.)
  • Consider altering your menu of services/remove treatments that may put you or your client at risk (ear / nose waxing, extractions)

Technician & Customer Guidelines

  • Wear face masks at all times – both employees and customers
  • Wear disposable nitrile gloves throughout entire esthetic service, during sanitation & disinfection after each client session, handling paperwork/payment
  • Consider using mag light and/or a face shield as an additional barrier from aspirations between practitioner and client
  • Stay home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, a vulnerable population, or have had close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Perform daily self-symptom assessment including monitoring for fever, cough, & trouble breathing
  • Assign additional staff to clean and disinfect areas as necessary including high-contact surfaces such as door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets, computers, etc.
  • Wash hands upon arrival, before and after meals/breaks, after using the restroom, after blowing nose, before leaving

Massage Services  – Mandatory Procedures to Be Followed

Business Guidelines

  • Ensure minimum 6 ft. between stations or install barriers
  • Service by appointment only. Have customer wait in vehicles/outside until called
  • Post signage for social distancing, face covering, and WCHD information for symptomatic individuals
  • Provide hand sanitizer stations
  • Disinfect high-contact surfaces between clients (door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets etc.)
  • Ventilate the reception area and session room often by opening doors/windows
  • Disinfect massage tables/furniture between guests per CDC guidelines
  • Provide clean linens & face rest for each guest; follow CDC guidelines for linen laundering
  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after each client.
  • Clean floors at the end of the day per CDC guidelines
  • Locker/changing rooms to remain closed
  • Consider updated consent form to account for risk of COVID-19 infections
  • For more in depth information visit American Massage Therapy Association

Customer Guidelines

  • Both client and practitioner must wear face masks at all times
  • Remove items from reception area (magazines, product samples, drinks etc)
  • Assign additional staff to clean and disinfect areas as necessary including high-contact surfaces such as door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets, computers, etc.
  • Wash hands upon arrival, before and after meals/breaks, after using the restroom, after blowing nose, before leaving
  • Stay home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Perform daily self-symptom assessment including monitoring for fever, cough, & trouble breathing
  • Wash hands upon arrival, after blowing nose/sneezing, before leaving

Summer Camps (day and residential) – Mandatory Procedures to Be Followed

Facility Guidelines

  • May reopen only if able to abide by social distancing requirements
  • Prepare and distribute policies to guardians for children to follow prior to attending
  • Staff must wear facial coverings.
  • Provide campers personal storage space for personal belongings
  • Post signage for social distancing, face covering, and WCHD information for symptomatic individuals
  • Provide hand sanitizer stations throughout site
  • Disinfect high-contact surfaces between throughout day (door handles, light switches, seating, railings, cabinet/appliance handles, toilets etc.)
  • Ventilate often by opening doors/windows
  • Hold as many activities as possible outdoors
  • Daily deep disinfection of high contact surfaces (e.g. door handles, light switches, seats, railings, cabinetry handles, appliance handles, toilets, countertops, phones, tables, etc.). Establish a regular cleaning schedule per CDC guidelines
  • Locker/changing rooms to remain closed
  • Consider implementing staggered scheduling, arrival and drop-off, if feasible.
  • Drop off and pick up: line up outside building, line up following social distancing guidelines
  • Require social distancing to maximum extent possible. Increase spacing and small groups. Limit mixing between groups to encourage social distancing.
  • Limit the mixing of children, such as staggering playground times and keeping groups separate for special activities such as art, music, and exercising
  • If possible, classes should include the same group each day, and the same staff should remain with the same group each day
  • If a cafeteria or group dining room is typically used, serve meals in classrooms instead.
  • If meals are typically served family-style, plate each child’s meal to serve it so that multiple children are not using the same serving utensils.
  • Food prep staff must wear nitrile gloves and facial coverings; use disposable plates, utensils.
  • Toys and equipment that cannot be cleaned and sanitized should not be used.
  • If using bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags), use bedding that can be washed. Keep each child’s bedding separate, and consider storing in individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags
  • Encourage children to wear facial coverings
  • Label all personal belongings (including bathing suits, towels, and sunscreen, paper lunch bags, containers, water bottles etc.)
  • Campers and staff will wash hands upon arrival, before/after meals/breaks, after using restroom, after blowing nose, before leaving
  • Ask guardians to take their child’s temperature either before coming to the facility or upon arrival at the facility. Ask the parent/guardian to confirm that the child does not have fever, shortness of breath or cough
  • Ideally, the same parent or designated person should drop off & pick up every day
  • Campers and staff should stay home if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact with those diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Do not use communal water fountains
  • Immediately isolate and seek medical care for any individual who develops symptoms while at work and follow CDC guidelines

Aquatic Facilities – Mandatory Procedures to Be Followed

Aquatic Facility Guidelines

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and shared objects each time they are used to include lounge chairs, tabletops, pool noodles, and kickboards, door handles and surfaces of restrooms, handwashing stations, diaper-changing stations, and showers
  • Ensure that all water systems (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water
  • Bather load must be kept at 50% or 40 square feet per bather or less to allow for 6 ft. separation in the pool
  • Post a sign at entry to the Aquatic Facility prohibiting entry for ill individuals and specifying the symptoms of COVID-19 as established by the CDC
  • Keep all pool furniture 6’ apart

Employee & Guest Guidelines

  • Screen all Aquatic Facility employees for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to work for reopening and every day
  • Keep call-in logs for sick employees to include name, date, symptoms and symptom onset. Require employees to stay home if symptomatic
  • Employees must wear face-coverings whenever coming within 6’ of each other or bathers
  • Employees must wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds prior to starting their shift and as often as necessary throughout the day.
  • Send home sick employees immediately and enter in employee sick log
  • Suspend all in and out of water activities including team sports that do not by design adhere to 6’ social distancing until COVID-19 social distancing requirements lifted by Governor

Childcare Facilities – Mandatory Procedures to Be Followed

Business Guidelines

  • Have facility staff take in children from outside if no traffic danger
  • Sanitize all high-touch areas 3 times daily to include mid-morning, mid-afternoon and at the end of the day and as needed including light switches, door handles, sink handles and countertops with a sanitizer that is EPA approved for COVID-19 and in accordance with application requirements as per label
  • Provide EPA-registered disposable wipes to teachers / staff to sanitize commonly used surfaces (e.g., keyboards, desks, bookshelves) before each use
  • Remove all soft toys, mouthed toys, sensory bins and water tables from play areas.
  • Sanitize indoor and outdoor play equipment after each group play with a sanitizer that is EPA approved for COVID 19 and in accordance with application requirements as per label
  • Post signage for social distancing, face covering, and WCHD information for symptomatic individuals
  • Stagger staff shifts to encourage social distancing; require teachers and children to wash hands prior to shift
  • Suspend outdoor activities that do not adhere to 6 ft. social distancing until requirements are lifted; clear or limit use of outdoor furniture or equipment for sanitary and social distancing practices as practicable

Employee & Customer Guidelines

  • Screen all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19; take temperature every day prior to entering the campus or building
  • Log call-ins for absentee children and staff to include symptoms and continue to report all suspected outbreaks to the Washoe County Health District
  • Develop a procedure for isolation for symptomatic children, students, staff
  • Exclude individuals with symptoms of illness until prescribed period as established by the Health Authority and a minimum of 72 hours following symptoms during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Suspend all visits by parents and individuals or children who are not part of the childcare operations.

Houses of Worship – Mandatory Procedures to Be Followed

Congressional Space & Service Guidelines

  • Stagger service times to ensure social distancing
  • Attendees shall wear masks during service and refrain from physical contact
  • Establish and enforce maximum occupancy limits during services
  • Signage to encourage attendees and staff to wash hands throughout the day
  • Following service provide spacing with a minimum of 6’ distance between individuals congregating
  • Following service sanitize all high touch areas including light switches, door handles, sinks, sink handles and countertops with a sanitizer that is EPA approved for COVID-19 and in accordance with application requirements as per label
  • Remove all self-serve items; distribution of communion should be from individual/disposable containers

Guidelines

  • Stay home if you are sick/have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Post signage at entry to building prohibiting entry for ill individuals and specifying the symptoms of COVID-19 as established by the CDC
  • Screen all individuals for symptoms of COVID-19 every day prior to entering
  • Encourage vulnerable populations to stay at home and participate in virtual services
  • Ensure 6 ft. social distance before, during, in between services until COVID-19 social distancing requirements are lifted by the Governor
  • Develop a procedure for isolation for ill attendees and staff
  • Provide PPE for staff and cleaning staff to include face masks and gloves

Other resources

Nevada Department of Business and Industry opening planning and guidance

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

State of Nevada COVID-19 Leave Guidance

Nevada Board of Cosmetology’s COVID-19 Information

Enforcement of Business Mandates

Each entities’ compliance staff is investigating complaints regarding non-essential businesses remaining open despite Governor Sisolak’s directive to close. The agencies are giving initial courtesy notices and informational guidance packets to non-compliant businesses as covered in the COVID-19 Business Operations Guide. If businesses still refuse to close, law enforcement will be notified, which may result in citations, fines, and possible revocation of business licenses.

Economic Relief Programs for Businesses

A number of assistance and relief programs are available to businesses during this difficult time. 

Business License Fees

The City of Reno, City of Sparks, and Washoe County are working with businesses to provide support related to local licensing fees.

  • The City of Reno is offering several options to provide economic relief to Reno business licensees impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program offers payment extensions and fee reductions to eligible businesses. More information is available at Reno.Gov/COVID19.
  • The City of Sparks and Washoe County are working directly with businesses and individuals and on a case by case basis depending on need. Businesses are requested to contact the appropriate jurisdiction for more information. Contact details are below.

Contact Information

For business questions or to report non-compliant businesses, please contact:

Additional Resources for Businesses:

  • Business Resiliency Plan: The Nevada Small Business Development Center (Nevada SBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit includes a small business resiliency plan and links to help small business owners plan for disruption from natural disasters to infrastructure failures to pandemics.