Governor Allows Larger Gatherings Starting October 2

Date: September 30, 2020

New guidance has requirement to post COVID-capacity sign

Gov. Steve Sisolak on September 29 announced that starting October 2, conventions, sporting events with live audiences, and large church gatherings will be allowed to resume raising the limit on public gatherings from 50 to 250 people — and even higher for some of the state’s largest venues.

“If we notice an undue uptick in our positivity and our hospitalizations, we maintain the flexibility to dial some of these things back,” the governor said. “But I’m hopeful that won’t be the case.”

  • A sports arena that can hold 10,000 people would be allowed to welcome 1,000 people, but the attendees would need to be divided into at least four sections of no more than 250 people. 
  • Venues that hold 2,500 people or fewer will be allowed to welcome 250 people or 50% of their capacity, whichever is fewer.
  • There is a 1,000-person capacity limit on trade shows, conventions, and conferences, given the increased chance of co-mingling with other attendees as compared to other events.
  • Conventions may have up to 250 people without approval but need to seek approval for an event of between 250 and 1,000 people. 

Here is a link to the full Guidance notice for events as well as business operations. There is other guidance for employers that you should read in this notice. This document refers to Directive 033 that will take effect on Oct. 2, but that directive is still being finalized.

There is also a new requirement that EVERY BUSINESS must post this sign indicating their COVID capacity, which is 50% of your fire code capacity. The sign below is the rectangular version. There’s also a portrait version and a Spanish-language sign. The hyperlink above will take you to all three.


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