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Nevada governor orders closure of all nonessential businesses for 30 days

Nevada governor orders closure of all nonessential businesses for 30 days

Nevada Gov. Steve SisolakSteve SisolakLas Vegas airport to be renamed after former Sen. Harry Reid Nevada governor touts proposal to allow tech companies to create local governments South Carolina governor tests positive for COVID-19 after wife's diagnosis MORE (D) announced a statewide closure of all "nonessential" businesses for 30 days amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking at a press conference in Carson City, Sisolak said the closure would apply to all casinos, restaurants, bars and other nonessential businesses. The move followed the statewide closing of K-12 schools that the governor ordered on Sunday.

“Every social contact increases your threat of exposure. The bigger the group, the higher the risk,” said Sisolak. 

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Fifty-five coronavirus cases have been reported thus far in Nevada. One person has died in the state.

The closures come after guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that gatherings of no more than 50 people as part of the recommended “social distancing” intended to reduce the spread of the virus among people.

Ten other states have ordered bars and restaurants closed, while six counties in and around San Francisco are under a shelter-in-place order.