Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed an emergency order adjusting the minimum distance between performers and audience members that previously challenged the return of productions in Las Vegas.
The tourist destination built for excess and known for bright lights, big crowds, indulgent meals, and headline shows has slowly begun to reopen after the pandemic halted business in March. Businesses, especially on the Strip were struggling because of limited air travel, lack of mid-week convention business, and an absence of arena events and entertainment options.
Previously, performers were required to maintain 25 feet of space between the audience as a precaution against the coronavirus. But some smaller venues could not accommodate that restriction.
Sisolak signed the new emergency directive on Friday, updating the minimum distance to 6 feet if performers are wearing masks and 12 feet when performers are unmasked.
The order is effective immediately and applies to all live entertainment and performances at all sizes of public gatherings and events.