COVID-19: Nevada

By Edward Garcia, Co-Author

Restrictions on Private Business Operations

  • Governor Sisolak has ordered all non-essential businesses to close, and has empowered local jurisdictions to pass ordinances enforcing his order.

Healthcare Provisions

  • Governor Sisolak announced the adoption of an emergency regulation to ensure that Nevadans covered by health insurance policies regulated by the DOI are able to obtain medical services and prescriptions related to COVID-19 at their normal costs, despite disruptions caused by the spread of the virus.

  • Qualified Nevadans who missed the Open Enrollment Period (OEP) are eligible for a limited-time Exceptional Circumstance Special Enrollment Period (SEP) through Nevada Health Link, Nevada’s online State Based Exchange (SBE). The SEP is open through April 15, 2020.

  • Governor Sisolak authorized the creation of the Battle Born Medical Corps to expand Nevada’s healthcare workforce. This expansion relaxes licensing regulations, allowing student medical providers, retired medical providers, foreign trained medical providers and out-of-state medical providers to begin practicing within the state of Nevada.

Support for Impacted Businesses

Support for Impacted Workers

  • Governor Steve Sisolak has waived the work search requirement and the 7-day wait period for approved unemployment insurance benefits.

  • DETR, in collaboration with the Governor’s Office, have developed a tool for constituents needing assistance with resetting their username, password or both. The state has launched a username/password reset request form available at: http://gov.nv.gov/Forms/Unemployment/ The completed form will result in state staff providing instructions on the next steps through the preferred contact methods selected on the form.

Travel Restrictions and Advisories

  • On 4/1/2020, all Nevadans were ordered to Stay at Home. Nevadans are authorized to continue patronizing essential businesses, reporting to work as an essential worker, and participate in outdoor activities so long as they practice aggressive social distancing.

  • Governor Sisolak issued a travel advisory for the state of Nevada on March 31, asking all returning Nevadans and visitors to our state to self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days.

Current Status of Legislature

  • The Legislature is not scheduled to be in session until February 2021, but will likely convene a special session later this year.

State and Local Tax

  • There are no changes at this time to State and Local tax.


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