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Nevada Governor Closes Golf Courses, Limits Religious Gatherings To Slow Virus Spread


Nevada’s governor has ordered a closure of golf courses, real estate open houses, religious gatherings of 10 people or more and additional restrictions to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak said he’s expanding rules related to social distancing because some people have tried to circumvent rules he already put in place. He said other new restrictions are designed to cut down on the amount of time people spend next to others.

The governor last month ordered a closure of non-essential businesses, including gambling and casinos, and issued a directive telling Nevadans to stay at home, though exceptions were granted for people going outside to exercise. Sisolak said he has ordered the closure of sports and recreational facilities where people congregate, such as golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts and pools.

Sisolak said he prayed over a decision to limit in-person religious gatherings and consulted religious leaders. He said it wasn’t an easy call, especially with Passover and Easter on Sunday. But Sisolak said he had seen reports of spikes in COVID-19 cases after in-person religious gatherings in other states and didn’t want to see a similar jump in Nevada.

More than 2,300 people have tested positive for the virus in Nevada and 81 people have died from symptoms related to COVID-19.

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