Nevada Eases Restrictions on In-Person Church Services and Other Gatherings

Nevada is easing restrictions on in-person worship and other events months after the state was sued for having stricter standards on churches than casinos.

The limit on in-person gatherings of all types will be increased from 50 to 250 people or 50% of a building’s capacity, whichever is less, “so long as social distancing can be maintained and all other requirements can be met.”

“These gatherings may take place in outdoor or indoor venues, including but not limited to, community centers, fellowship halls and gatherings spaces in faith-based buildings, halls, rental space in event centers, or outdoor event spaces,” a summary report of the state’s new gathering policy published Tuesday states.

Under the new guidance, gathering organizers are advised to institute several coronavirus mitigation measures including requiring attendees to maintain six feet of social distance, requiring face coverings at all times and providing health screenings.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said in a statement released Wednesday that the new limits are “an important step towards allowing more Nevadans to safely participate in social gatherings, including those facilitated by our faith-based communities.”

“Additionally, this will allow Nevada to continue on the responsible path of economic reopening and recovery. With this next step comes great responsibility for our residents, business owners, workers, and families,” stated Sisolak. “I’m confident Nevada will rise to this challenge to ensure we follow all mitigation measures and guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our economy.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group that is representing a church suing the state, still finds a reason to criticize the newly announced standards.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski