Clark County public facilities to begin closing Tuesday

Southern Nevada exceeds state pandemic restrictions for first time

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Clark County Government Center. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith via Wikimedia Commons

Clark County officials are going above and beyond restrictions imposed Sunday by Gov. Steve Sisolak and closing county facilities to the public, according to a memo obtained by the Current. 

It’s the first time the county has taken steps beyond those implemented by the state, according to Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. However, Nevada COVID Response Director Caleb Cage says Washoe and Carson, led by Clark, previously imposed “a metric for determining whether they will approve events up to 250.” 

“I wanted to share with you that the Sr Management Team and I are working on a plan to close County facilities to the public starting Tuesday,” County Manager Yolanda King said In the  memo, sent to department heads Sunday night. “On Monday, we will finalize this plan and communicate this information to the employees and the public.”

“While the announcement of increased restrictions focused on businesses, public and private gatherings, it is imperative that we continue doing whatever is necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus in our workplace for both employees and the public,” King wrote.   

In a text sent Sunday, Las Vegas Justice Court Chief Judge Suzan Baucum instructed her colleagues to reschedule all but in-custody defendant court appearances for at least the next three weeks.  

King said in the memo she doesn’t “foresee this closure being different than what we experienced back in May.” 

The following facilities will remain open to the public, according to a news release from the County:

  • McCarran International Airport
  • University Medical Center of Southern Nevada
  • Courts will remain open for limited types of case proceeding
  • County Marriage License Bureau
  • Clark County parks and recreation centers will operate at 25 percent building capacity
  • All tournaments at County facilities are cancelled until further notice
  • Reservations for all groups larger than 50 people are being cancelled at this time, and no group reservations at parks are being accepted
  • Public meetings scheduled to be held at Clark County’s Government Center or other buildings will be cancelled or moved to virtual formats

The case growth rate in Nevada is 1.6, or 2019 new cases per day.

Clark County, Nevada’s most populous county, has detected 104.624 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to state data.  The county has 4,513 infections per 100,000 individuals, the highest of any county in the state. COVID deaths in Clark County total 1,690, or 73 per 100,000, the highest in the state.

Dana Gentry
Senior Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana has four adult children, a grandson, three dogs, three cats and a cockatoo named Casper.