Ready: Phase 2

Dear Constituents, Colleagues and Supporters,

Ready: Phase Two

Last night, the long awaited announcement for opening up Phase 2 on Friday, May 29th came in a press release .
Businesses allowed to open on Friday include :

  • Gyms, fitness facilities and other studios. Larger gyms are capped at 50 percent occupancy, and must close all locker rooms, showers, steam rooms or communal facilities, while keeping equipment and individuals six feet apart
  • Bars and taverns that don’t serve food, including bars in restaurants, as long as they don’t exceed 50 percent capacity. Patrons are not allowed to walk up and order at bars, but can sit at bar tops as long as they remain six feet apart
  • Salons or other businesses that provide aesthetic or other skin services, including “facials, hair removal, tanning, eyelash services, eyebrow threading, salt therapy, estheticians, and other services.” They’re required to operate under an appointment-only model, and must operate under similar guidelines as hair and nail salons, including having a wall between workstations and have employees and customers wear face coverings
  • Day and overnight spas, without open steam rooms, saunas or other communal facilities
  • Massage services, body art and piercing establishments but only by appointment. No body art or piercings may be done around the nose or mouth “so that face coverings can be worn at all times.”
  • Aquatic facilities, swimming pools and water parks, limited to 50 percent capacity with no opening of communal facilities
  • Museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums, with no interactive or hands-on equipment allowed
  • Movie theaters, bowling alleys, mini golf, amusement parks and indoor malls, with restrictions on occupancy and limits on areas where people can congregate
  • Youth sports and recreation, though details will be released later in “Phase 2”

Additionally, the Governor announced that places of worship will be allowed to reopen their services to a maximum of 50 people attending an in-person service at a time, with strict social distancing measures in place.  (Summary provided by Riley Snyder with the Nevada Independent ).
I am grateful for the input of small business owners, community and faith leaders in my district who put forward plans demonstrating how they can serve their clients, customers and the community using social distancing and sanitation protocols. It is important that we each continue to do our part to stop the spread so we can remain open and recover our economy .
As I have said before, this crisis is one that has not only threatened our health but our economy as well. I will continue to work to facilitate Nevada’s economic recovery with particular focus on individuals who have been impacted by unemployment as well as businesses that have been flat-lined by the shutdown.I will share more about these and other efforts relating to our gaping revenue shortfalls in another newsletter in the coming weeks.

An Update on Lakeside Health and Wellness Center

As I stated in my last newsletter, I have been deeply concerned and actively engaged in seeking solutions with the state and county to address the outbreak at Lakeside Health and Wellness Center in Assembly District 25 where COVID has now taken 23 lives, making up almost half of Washoe County’s death rate.
Skilled nursing homes have been a battleground against this virus across the nation and in Nevada we have five infection hot spots across the state and a new outbreak reported at Arbors Memory Care in Sparks.    The Kaiser Family Foundation has a plethora of information on state policies and actions responding to COVID outbreaks in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Out of 38 states reporting in the U.S., the average percentage of deaths in nursing homes out of the total number of deaths due to COVID is 48%. Minnesota has the highest rate at 81% and surprisingly New York has the lowest at 20% according to the latest numbers reported on the site.  In Nevada, the percentage of deaths in facilities is 24% of our total rates in the state. To learn more about the rates of infection and deaths at all types of facilities in Nevada, go to the NV Health Response Facilities Site . 
In response, the Community Foundationhas been an amazing partner by working with the facility to order more PPE and helping to arrange accommodations and support for staff members who have been exposed or infected with COVID. Washoe Countyalso has made facilities available to anyone who needs to self quarantine to help prevent the spread to their families and community. If you or anyone you know needs accommodations, you can call 3-1-1, Washoe County’s non-emergency hotline to find out more. The state has taken action through inspections , sanctions and additional PPE. The Health Care Association has compiled a list of links and resources on preventing the spread of infection. If you have a loved one or work in a facility and want to file a complaint, please go to the Health Facility Complaints Site .
I am thankful for the efforts of many in the past few weeks to stop the spread at Lakeside and other facilities but we must continue these efforts to ensure our most vulnerable remain safe.

The Road to Recovery

The Chinese character for crisis is made up of two symbols. One is for danger. The other is for opportunity. There is no doubt there is danger in this crisis to our health, financial security, economy, and way of life. There is also tremendous opportunity to use this time to reevaluate, innovate and create new ways of responding, diversifying and reworking certain aspects of business, education, and state regulation.
We will not be in this place forever. We are making our way forward. We can get through this together if we work to put our best ideas forward and remain steadfast and resolute to forge ahead. Thank you for all your efforts to help us get there! As always, I welcome your thoughtful insight, input and questions. It is an honor to serve in Assembly District 25.

In Service,
Jill TollesAssembly District 25

Primary Election is June June 9th – Mail in Your Ballots Today!

For more information from the Washoe County Registrar of Voters, go to: https://www.washoecounty.us/voters/elections/20electioninformation/index.php
For an excellent web page from our Secretary of State on Myths v. Facts regarding the mail in ballots, go to: https://www.mailitinnevada.com/facts-vs-myths/

Additional Resource Links:

For up to date information at the Nevada state level on COVID-19, please go to https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/ .
For Washoe County Regional Information go to: https://covid19washoe.com/
To Learn more about How to Get Tested go to: https://covid19washoe.com/testing/
To submit information to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development on the impact to your business, go to: https://www.diversifynevada.com/small-business-administration-sba-disaster-assistance-in-response-to-the-coronavirus/
For more information on  Unemployment Insurance and the  Federal CARES Act , go to:  https://detr.nv.gov/Page/COVID-19_(Coronavirus)_Information_for_Claimants_and_Employers
To file for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) , go to: https://www.employnv.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
To keep track of current testing results across our state go to the NV COVID Dashboard: https://app.powerbigov.us/view?r=eyJrIjoiMjA2ZThiOWUtM2FlNS00MGY5LWFmYjUtNmQwNTQ3Nzg5N2I2IiwidCI6ImU0YTM0MGU2LWI4OWUtNGU2OC04ZWFhLTE1NDRkMjcwMzk4MCJ9

#StaySafeStayOpen