News & PoliticsNevada rolls back some reopening plans

Bars in Nevada’s largest counties will close this weekend. CNBC’s Contessa Brewer reports on how Nevada will be rolling back its reopening plans. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

Nevada is among the states with the fastest rising rates of coronavirus infection, and state investigators have reported less than 50% of the businesses observed on July 2 complied with the governor’s order requiring face masks in public.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has promised “swift and decisive” action this week against industries that continue to flout the rules.

In a statement released July 3, he reprimanded businesses that aren’t following social distancing and face covering guidelines.

“You’re not only jeopardizing people’s health, but you’re also jeopardizing your fellow businesses, your industry, and our overall economy,” Sisolak said.

License enforcement teams from cities and counties across the state were out in force over the long holiday weekend. The Nevada Gaming Control Board said it had opened 111 regulatory cases for noncompliance since casinos reopened on June 4.

Worries and rumors about casinos closing again have been published on local blogs. Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts and Caesars have told CNBC the rumors are baseless, and there are no plans to close again voluntarily.

Sisolak’s threat to take action is being taken seriously in this state that is so heavily reliant on travel, tourism and gaming — all industries where people congregate in groups.

The casinos are cracking down internally. MGM Resorts emailed out a memo to employees, reminding them of social distancing and face covering rules, and asking them to report noncompliance of co-workers. Failure to do so will result in progressive disciplinary action, MGM warned.

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