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Nevada does not require testing or quarantine for domestic visitors. International arrivals need to comply with the federal laws and bring a negative COVID-19 test result obtained in the 72 hours prior to their arrival.
The state has been open to tourists for months albeit with a reduced capacity and without most of its shows. On February 11, the State Governor announced a reopening plan that will initially expand the capacity of most establishments and will eventually allow for some shows to finally make a comeback.
Vaccination rollout in the state has been going smoothly. To date 13% of the population in the state has received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, the Governor asked Nevadans for apologies due to the “limited supply” in a tweet yesterday. (Feb. 22)
What do US authorities think about people visiting Las Vegas?
The CDC advises against most types of interstate leisure trips. According to their epidemiological map Nevada’s positive cases are not among the highest in the country, but they are not among the lowest either.
The Governor of Nevada, Steve Sisolak, has announced the necessary measures to keep Las Vegas’ economy going while ensuring the safety of locals and visitors.
The Governor has also stated how personal responsibility is necessary to keep oneself and others safe. To ensure the cooperation of the public, he has made face coverings mandatory on indoor and outdoor spaces.
Why visit Las Vegas in COVID times?
Because Nevada is not only about Las Vegas. Most of what happens in Vegas -will actually- stay in Vegas due to the restrictions.
But visitors still have the chance to visit the Grand Canyon National Park, go backcountry camping and do river sports.
These activities have some restrictions but they are still open for business.
There are other places that will not have to adhere to new restrictions such as
Las Vegas’s Health Care System and Response Capacity
Hospital Capacity in Nevada is in orange alert. This means that COVID-19 infections are increasing at a rate likely to overwhelm hospitals or that the State’s preparedness is below international standards.
COVID-19 situation in Nevada
February 23 Update
The number of new and active cases has dropped to one of the lowest in the US.
Some weeks ago, the government took a series of measures to contain the spread of the virus. Before taking those actions, the state was reporting 1,476 positive cases and 9 deaths per day. Now, the state is reporting 351 cases and 11 daily deaths.
If you are a local healthcare administrator, student practitioner, international medic who got your licensure outside of the US, or a health care retiree you can apply to help relieve the medical personnel in need at ServNV.org.
COVID-19 restrictions in Las Vegas
Reno Stead Airport is not controlled by the local government but it is federally regulated.
Visitors must make sure they bring a face mask to board the aircraft.
Starting February 15, hotels, restaurants, bars, gyms, fitness and wellness centers, gaming floors, and other entertainment establishments can go from 25% capacity to 35%. On March 15 they can move up to 50% occupancy.
Cultural and educational places like museums, zoos and art galleries can function at 50% capacity from Feb. 15.
Gatherings of up to 100 people (or 35% capacity) will be allowed on the first stage of the reopening, and it will go up to 250 people on March 15. However, organizers can seek approval from the local government to host larger gatherings.