Las Vegas Update 2/12/21
Las Vegas Events Update 2-12
Dear Club Directors, Officials, Coaches, Athletes, and Families,
As COVID-19 continues to affect our daily lives, there seems to be a slight slowing trend in the spread of the virus. Many people have modified their daily activities, chosen to wear masks, work remotely, attend online classes, social distance themselves, and are now getting vaccinated. And with those efforts, and heroic efforts of our front line workers, our communities are slowly reopening. With the phases of reopening, we also see children returning to the classrooms, and athletes return to their sports.
Over the past 40 years, the SCVA has hosted local-regional events, as well as large inter-regional events. Last year, with very heavy hearts had to cancel many of those events. As 2021 begins, the SCVA plans to be able to once again host these events. The SCVA is scheduled to host the Red Rock Rave 1, the Las Vegas Classic, Red Rock Rave 2, and the Junior Boys Invitational in March and April at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The state of Nevada has been in a “Pause” since Thanksgiving. Yesterday, Governor Sisolak announced that the state’s test positivity rate dropped from 21.7% in January to 14.3%, and that the daily case count is averaging below 700. As a result, the Governor outline the following reopening guidelines:
Places of worship, gyms, fitness centers, gaming floors, arcades, bowling alleys and other similar activities can operate at 35% capacity. Restaurants may also operate at 35% capacity indoors, with no outdoor capacity limit. Libraries, museums, art galleries, and aquariums may operate at 50% capacity.
Public gatherings and events can increase to 100 individuals, or 35% of fire code capacity. In addition,
Large Gathering Plans can be submitted for approval, but cannot resume prior to March 1st. If approved, the venues would be capped at 20% capacity.
Businesses that were operating at 35% may increase to 50%, and public gatherings may increase to 250 or 50% capacity.
The SCVA, KC Sports Housing, MGM Properties, and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center are working together to submit our Large Gathering Plan. Approval may include new protocols and policies prior and during the event. As these protocols and policies are determined, we will share all of the details with our attendees. We expect social distancing requirements, mask requirements (Including athletes on the court), temperature checks, no water stations, and a cap on attendance in the halls. With all of the halls that we utilize for the events, the fire code capacity is 100,000. Even operating at 10%, we predict the ability to allow one spectator per player. However, approval may include no spectators, which would be addressed with live-streaming on each court. Again, as we learn or finalize details they will be shared with everyone. However, if there is a spike in positive testing, and the virus rages again, our events may be postponed.
Attached please find the current Return to Play Policies of the SCVA. Some of these policies may be utilized at these Las Vegas based events. We encourage all prospective attendees to practice in masks so that the athletes do not struggle with the adjustment. Finally, the SCVA is researching testing options for our Hawaiian attendees so that they can return to the islands without having to quarantine.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate through this reopening.