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Gov. Steve Sisolak Monday night extended his “pause” set to expire Friday in Nevada for another 30 days as coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths remain elevated in the state as it ramps up its vaccination program.

The pause was implemented just before Thanksgiving and extended in December through Jan.15th. The pause reduced capacity in casinos, restaurants, and bars from 50 percent to 25 percent and required reservations for restaurants, even at casinos. It placed a restriction on home gatherings and required masks be worn at gyms at all times and when people are around someone not from the same households. Gatherings were limited to 50 people.

“We likely won’t feel the full impact of gatherings on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day until the end of the month,” Sisolak said about fear of rising caseloads, hospitalizations and deaths.

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Sisolak continues to say he’ll remain flexible about ending the pause. When Sisolak started it, he said he hoped it would only be in place for a short time. He urged people to double down on their behavior for masking wearing and social distancing and not become numb to this pandemic. 

“There is hope on the horizon with vaccines, but full-scale vaccinations will not occur until further into the year,” Sisolak said. “In the meantime, we’re setting record highs for COVID-related deaths. This isn’t over, although we all want it to be.”

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