Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is ordering a “statewide pause” for at least the next three weeks, which will require Nevadans and visitors to wear a mask at all times — indoors or outdoors — if in the presence of someone who is not part of their immediate household.

In addition, occupancy at both indoor and outdoor restaurants and bars will be reduced to 25% and no more than four people will be allowed at one table. The new rules go into effect on Tuesday.

“I know the majority of our bars and restaurants are doing their best, but these settings are proven to be high risk because they allow the opportunity for people to remove their face coverings in indoor settings around people outside of their household. That’s how the virus spreads,” the Democratic governor said.

“As of today, 13 of 17 of our counties are flagged for elevated risk of transmission. In the beginning of October, only two counties were flagged,” Sisolak announced at a press conference on Sunday. “Our statewide positivity rate is at a record 16.5 percent, and as I mentioned, we’ve surpassed 2,000 deaths.”

Sisolak said the infection rate is at “wildfire levels.”

“All available models indicate that Nevada is in a ‘red zone’ and our health experts anticipate continued case growth based on current trends,” he said. “In fact, 10% of all COVID cases recorded in Nevada since the beginning of the pandemic were reported in the last seven days. Every minute, a Nevadan is diagnosed with COVID-19.”

The Democrat also said hospitals are suffering with shortages of staff. “We are on a rapid trajectory that threatens to overwhelm our health care system, our frontline health workers, and your access to care,” Sisolak added. “So it’s time to act.”

Brothels, meanwhile, will remain closed.

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