FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak responds to a question during a news conference at the Sawyer State Building in Las Vegas. Nevada's top legislative Republican called Thursday, April 16, 2020, for the governor to outline plans for reopening casinos and nonessential businesses closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to say whether he'll extend the closure order past April 30.
LAS VEGAS — Gov. Steve Sisolak plans to extend his directive
asking people to stay home to limit the spread of the coronavirus but he will
ease some restrictions.
The Democratic governor gave an interview to ABC News that
was expected to air later Wednesday where he said he has to "extend the
stay at home order a little bit" in order to see the number of cases and
deaths drop. Sioslak in mid-March closed casinos, restaurants and businesses
that were not considered essential and asked residents to stay home at least
An excerpt of his remarks obtained by KTNV news did not
offer information about how long he would extend the order. Sisolak also said
that he would be easing some outdoor restrictions and rules about the curbside
pickup at retailers, but did not offer more details.
Sisolak's office did not immediately respond to questions
about how long he plans to extend the order and what rules he plans to ease. He
said in a tweet this week that he will detail his reopening plan on Thursday.
"It's nice to hear that he does have a plan, moving
forward. It would be better if he would tell Nevadans what his plan is and not
necessarily the national news outlets," said Assemblyman Tom Roberts, who
co-leads the Republican minority.
Frustrated Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Sisolak's
office Wednesday calling for definitive timelines for more economic activity to
resume and a bipartisan task force to come up with a reopening strategy. They
also want more workers hired and shifting of existing government workers to
handle the crush of unemployment claims.
State health officials reported 225 deaths statewide from
the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday night. The health department also reported
more than 4,800 case of COVID-19.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate
symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For
some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can
cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.