How to work in bars these days: County issues dos and don’ts

A sign outside a bar on the Las Vegas Strip. (Nevada Current file photo)
A sign outside a bar on the Las Vegas Strip. (Nevada Current file photo)

Clark County bars can reopen at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20. 

A task force created by a governor’s directive announced the reopening of bars in Clark and Elko counties, stipulating that employees must wear masks, and establishments have to adhere to a 50 percent capacity limit.

Bars were allowed to reopen in Washoe and Nye counties earlier this week.

The bars can reopen in Clark County because the positivity rate, at 8.6 percent, has been dropping, the county has “sufficient hospital capacity,” and the county is testing more, according to an assessment of conditions by the COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force.

The positivity rate has also dropped, and testing increased, in Elko County.

Shortly after the reopening was announced Thursday afternoon, Clark County issued a statement (accompanied by a YouTube video version) of “Protocols for bars, restaurant and food establishments with bars, pubs, taverns, distilleries, breweries, and wineries.”

In addition to standard safety measures — don’t go to work if you’re sick, etc. — the protocols cover a range of dos and dont’s, from wearing gloves when checking IDs, to not letting people enter unless they’re masked, to how to properly mix a bleach solution to clean hard surfaces.

The list of protocols ends with an acknowledgment form to be signed by employees and managers.

In a statement issued Thursday, Gov. Steve Sisolak said he was “beyond thrilled” that the Task Force determined bars could reopen.

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.