Reno moves forward under state’s Phase 2 recovery plan

Today, the City of Reno published an update on Phase 2 of Nevada’s reopening plan. Earlier this week, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the state is ready to move into Roadmap to Recovery for Nevada: Phase 2 starting today, Friday, May 29.

The City of Reno released the following guidelines for reopening under Phase 2:

Gatherings and Places of Worship

In Phase 2, public and private gatherings can increase from no more than 10 people to no more than 50 people, while continuing to follow social distancing. Places of worship may reopen their doors for gatherings with a maximum of 50 people attending a service at a time and strict social distancing of at least six feet.

Business Reopenings and Guidelines

During Phase 2, the following Reno businesses and entities will be able to open, under strict guidelines:

  • Gyms, fitness facilities and other studios.
  • All of the same restrictions on restaurants and food establishments are continued in Phase 2, but customers may now be served in bar areas and at bar tops if seating is arranged to ensure social distancing; and bars and taverns that do not serve food may reopen under the same restrictions: 50 percent maximum capacity and strict social distancing. (Refer to for the City of Reno Business Owner’s Guide for Calculating Maximum Occupancy, or to calculate the occupant loads for other types of businesses.)
  • Salons and/or other businesses that provide aesthetic or other skin services.
  • Day and overnight spas may reopen to offer these services, but may not open steam rooms, saunas, hot tubs or other communal facilities.
  • Massage services may also reopen under similar conditions, including by appointment only.
  • Body art and piercing establishments may reopen, with strict guidelines and by appointment only.
  • Aquatic facilities and swimming pools may reopen. During Phase 2, locker rooms will not be allowed to reopen, and these facilities will be limited to 50 percent of capacity.
  • Water parks will also be able to reopen, at 50 percent capacity with strict social distancing requirements.
  • Museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums may reopen, at no more than 50 percent of capacity and must maintain at least six feet of social distancing. Interactive and hands-on exhibits must remain closed during this phase.
  • Indoor venues, such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and indoor malls, may reopen, with occupancy restrictions and six feet of social distancing.
  • There will be similar restrictions for outdoor venues such as mini golf and amusement parks.
  • Youth sports and recreation: The state is working with the local districts and youth sports districts to announce plans in Phase 2.

Businesses can take more time to prepare and get ready to reopen if they need it. In Phase 2, employees will continue to be required to wear a face covering. All businesses who are operating in Phase 2 must also abide by measures set forth by OSHA and other regulatory authorities.

The state has set a target reopening date of Thursday, June 4 for the gaming industry.

Businesses that remain closed in Phase 2 include:

  • Adult entertainment establishments
  • Brothels
  • Nightclubs and day clubs
  • Live sporting event venues and live performance venues with spectators

More information on Regional (Washoe County) Phase 2 Guidelines is available at

Reno Parks and Recreation

The City of Reno has announced a phased Parks and Recreation reopening plan as of May 27. The plan is outlined at and will be updated accordingly. This plan is subject to change at any time based on further guidance from the Governor and the State of Nevada.

Phase 2 highlights are as follows:

  • Beginning today, May 29, skate parks will reopen to the public.
  • Vacation Station children’s summer camps will open on June 8 at Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center and Plumas Gym with significant modifications: including reduced enrollment and no field trips or swimming. Registration is not currently open. Details will be announced soon.
  • Northwest Pool and Idlewild Pool will reopen on June 8 for lap swim and water fitness classes only. Pre-registration is required. Locker rooms will be closed. Swimmers must come prepared ready to enter the water.
  • Vacation Station children’s summer camp will open on June 15 at McKinley Arts & Culture Center with significant modifications: including reduced enrollment and no field trips or swimming. Registration is not currently open. Details will be announced soon.
  • Athletics fields are closed through June 30, pending further guidance from the Governor’s Office.

Refer to the Reno Parks and Rec website for tentative Phase 3 and Phase 4 reopening plans.

General Guidelines

During Phase 2, residents should continue to wear face coverings in public and maintain at least six feet of social distancing when out in public and around people from other households. Nevada’s vulnerable populations should continue to shelter in place.

These updated City of Reno guidelines are part of ReIgnite Reno, a coordinated COVID-19 relief and recovery initiative aimed to help businesses and employees adapt to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.


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