Las Vegas Increases Gathering Capacity

Judy Williams
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Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Nevada has increased the permissible capacity for large gatherings from 20% to 50%. These changes were adopted in Emergency Directive 041, signed by Governor Steve Sisolak.

Under Directive 041, if an organizer wants to host a large gathering or event, including conferences, conventions, and trade shows, with more than 250 people, they may now have up to 50% capacity if they complete and submit a Large Gathering COVID-19 Preparedness & Safety Plan Certification Form (“Large Gathering Certification”) to the Department of Business and Industry (B&I).  The baseline standard for gatherings and events will remain at 250 people or 50%.

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A new streamlined process for submission and approval of large gatherings will continue until local control is officially transitioned to the county, which will happen no sooner than May 1.

During the transitional period, officials said, the state may approve large gatherings through June 30 to provide event organizers assurances in the planning and approval of their future events.

For show organizers, the news gets even better because businesses, including restaurants and bars, gyms, yoga studios, racetracks, fitness studios, gaming floors, amusement and theme parks, previously operating at 35%, will be able to move to 50% capacity. This ensures an increase in activities available to trade show participants.

“The move to allow larger gatherings at up to 50 percent of venue capacity is an exciting and incredibly important step in the right direction for Las Vegas,” said John Schreiber, Vice President of Sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). “This will allow us to begin to get back to business, welcoming the show planners, organizers, exhibitors and attendees who are vital to our standing as the No. 1 trade show destination in the country. We’ve spent the past year implementing best practices, rolling out our citywide Meet Smart, Vegas Smart campaign, and preparing to successfully welcome the return of shows. Additionally, measures like earning GBAC STAR accreditation at the Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as additional accreditations and clean commitment plans among our resort partners, will help our business visitors confidently return to meetings, trade shows and events.”

Reach John Schreiber at (702) 892-0711 or jschreiber@lvcva.com.