Updated: May 31, 2020

Directive 021


Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that Nevada has met the reopening criteria required to move into Phase 2 of the State’s Reopening Plan beginning May 29, 2020. Under Directive 021, the general public shall not gather in groups of more than 50 in any indoor or outdoor area. Businesses performing non-retail services, including without limitation legal services, accounting services, or real estate services, are encouraged to conduct business telephonically or virtually, and to permit employees to work from home, to the greatest extent possible.

  • Directive 021 took effect May 29 and continues through June 30
  • The following businesses may now reopen, with limitations:
    • Businesses engaged in retail sales can allow onsite customer access, with a maximum occupancy of 50% based on listed fire code capacity
      • Indoor malls may open to the public and allow retail businesses to operate
    • Restaurants and food establishments, including breweries, distilleries, and wineries not licensed to serve food
      • Maximum occupancy shall be 50% of maximum seating capacity
    • Drive-in theaters
    • Vehicle sales showrooms, with a maximum occupancy of 50% based on listed fire code capacity
      • Appointments are encouraged
      • Test drives should be limited to customer and customer’s household members and vehicles must be sanitized after each drive
    • Nail care salons, hair salons, and barber shops licensed by Nevada Board of Cosmetology or State Barber’s Health and Sanitation Board, with limitations
      • Estheticians and salons or businesses that provide aesthetic skin services may reopen to the public
      • Massage therapists, massage establishments, and other professionals licensed by the Nevada state Board of Massage Therapy
    • Houses of worship may conduct indoor in-person services with no more than 50 people, with social distancing requirements
    • Non-retail indoor venues, including without limitation, indoor movie theaters, bowling alleys, or arcades, at limited capacity
    • Non-retail outdoor venues, including without limitation, miniature golf facilities, amusement parks, and theme parks, at limited capacity
    • Gym, fitness facilities, and fitness studios
    • All public aquatic venues
    • Museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums
    • Body and art piercing facilities
    • Trade schools and technical schools
    • Musical performances, live entertainment, concerts, competitions, sporting events, and any events with live performance may resume, but shall remain closed for public attendance
  • The following is a non-inclusive list of businesses that shall remain closed during Phase 2:
    • Nightclubs
    • Day clubs
    • Brothels
    • Adult entertainment facilities
  • The Nevada Labor Commissioner shall provide guidance to employers on labor laws related to COVID-19, including sick leave policies, required postings for employers, and bulletins, guides, and forms for employers and employees
  • All employers must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with the social distancing and sanitation guidelines promulgated by NV OSHA
  • All employers covered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act must provide leave to eligible employees as provided by the Act
  • Counties can implement additional restrictions without additional approval by the state
  • Nevadans are still stronger encouraged to stay in their residences to the greatest extent possible

Updated: May 1, 2020

Directive 016

Directive 016 extends previous Stay at Home orders to May 15, 2020. Otherwise, directives affecting essential businesses (Directive 003 and Directive 013) have not changed. Directive 016 does, however, effect non-essential businesses. Non-essential retail businesses may resume retail sales, on a curbside or home delivery basis only. This includes curbside sales for retail cannabis dispensaries. Businesses reopening under this provision must adopt measures promulgated by the Nevada State Occupational Safety and Health Administration, including social distancing and sanitation measures. To the extent practicable, businesses must provide services in a manner disallowing the formation of queues that would violate social distancing guidelines. To the extent this Directive conflicts with earlier Directives or regulations, the provisions of this Directive shall prevail.

Updated: April 10, 2020




Executive Summary

Nevada’s Declaration of Emergency for COVID-19-Directive 003 orders the closure of certain non-essential businesses, including businesses that promote recreational social gathering activities (e.g., clubs, theaters, entertainment venues), and businesses that that promote extended periods of public interaction where the risk of transmission is high (e.g., gyms, shops for aesthetic services).  The Directive also provides for industries identified in the CISA List to have continued operations as appropriately modified in accordance with CDC workforce and consumer protection

Summary of Order

  • Nevada’s Declaration of Emergency for COVID-19-Directive 003 was issued on March 20, 2020 pursuant to Nevada’s Emergency Declaration issued on March 12, 2020. 
  • The directive took effect on March 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and remains in effect until April 16, 2020 or unless renewed by a subsequent directive.
  • For purposes of the directive, non-essential businesses that promote recreational social gathering activities include (but are not limited to):
    • recreation centers,
    • clubhouses,
    • nightclubs,
    • movie theaters,
    • massage parlors,
    • adult entertainment establishments,
    • brothels, and
    • live entertainment venues.
  • For purposes of the directive, non-essential businesses that promote extended periods of public interaction where the risk of transmission is high include (but are not limited to):
    • fitness establishments such as gyms and studios; and
    • aesthetic services such as beauty shops, barber shops, nail salons, tanning salons, and wax salons.
  • Certain essential licensed businesses are encouraged to continue operate.  These include but are not limited to:
    • healthcare providers,
    • veterinary services,
    • grocery stores,
    • pharmacies,
    • financial institutions,
    • hardware stores,
    • convenience stores,
    • security services, and
    • gas stations.
  • The directive also allows for continued operations of construction, mining, manufacturing, and infrastructure sector labor force, but with strict social distancing practices.
  • The directive provides that nothing in directive shall not be construed to hinder the ability of the industries identified in the CISA List to continue operations, as appropriately modified to account for CDC workforce and consumer protection guidance.
  • Other businesses not including retail sales may continue operations by implementing social distancing safeguards and:
    • Perform operations without contact with the Nevada general public; or
    • To the extent practicable, provide services without causing members of the Nevada general public to congregate in a manner contrary to social distancing goals of a minimum of six feet of separation for more than incidental contact; or
    • Provide services without causing more than ten members of the Nevada general public to congregate.     

Social Distancing Requirements

The directive’s various social distancing requirements generally provide for persons maintaining at least six feet of separation from each other.


  • Businesses that do not comply with this directive or regulations promulgated under the directive can receive written notice from law enforcement and be subject to criminal prosecution and civil penalties under NRS 202.595, NRS 202.450, and any other applicable law.
  • All law enforcement agencies in Nevada are authorized to enforce this directive and related regulations.
  • The Office of the Attorney General has concurrent jurisdiction to prosecute violations of the directive and related regulations.


Critical infrastructure sectors listed in CISA guidance (check list at link above for detailed list of worker functions):

  • Healthcare / Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Energy — Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Propane, and Other Liquid Fuels
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Other Community- or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Residential/Shelter Facilities and Services
  • Hygiene Products and Services