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COVID-19 Updates

November 22, 2020

Governor Steve Sisolak has announced a three-week statewide “pause” beginning Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 12:01 am.
• Nevadans and visitors must wear masks all time, both indoors and outdoors when around people that are not in their household.
• No closures of any businesses, but capacity measures are affected.
• Restaurants and bars may continue to operate at 25 percent occupancy with no more than four people per table.
• Reservations are required at restaurants and bars that serve food and patrons must wear a mask when not actively eating or drinking.
• Gyms and work out studios are reduced to 25% capacity and masks are required at all times regardless of the exercise.
• Gaming locations are to operate at 25% capacity,
• Public gatherings are limited to 50 individuals or 25% capacity, whichever is less.
• Private gatherings are restricted to 10 people or fewer from no more than two households with face coverings required around anyone who does not live with you.
• No adult and youth sports tournaments will be allowed.
• Retail establishments may still operate at 50% capacity.
• Brothels, entertainment establishments day clubs and nightclubs are still closed.
• Hair and nail salons and anywhere providing aesthetic services are allowed to operate as they have been, at 50% capacity with social distancing required.
October 2, 2020
Today, Governor Sisolak gave new guidance for youth and adult sports.  

September 29, 2020
Today, Governor Sisolak gave new guidance for celebrations, ceremonies and events: Nevada Guidance for Safe Gatherings .

September 16, 2020
Bars, taverns, pubs, breweries, distilleries and wineries in Washoe County can reopen tonight, Sept. 16, at 11:59 p.m., under safe COVID-19 operating guidelines. Click here for more info.

For the most up-to-date regional  information on COVID-19, please go to: www.covid19washoe.com

August 1, 2020
All tournaments have been cancelled through the end of August. 

The City of Sparks Kid Konnection before and after school program will operate at the following schools: Alyce Taylor, Bud Beasley, Jesse Hall, Katherine Dunn, Lena Juniper, Lloyd Diedrichsen, Miguel Sepulveda, Spanish Springs and Edward Van Gorder, and an after school only program at Jerry Whitehead Elementary. 

We are also offering a program from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday at the city of Sparks recreation gym with a 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. option to accommodate families with alternative school schedules or for those that can provide transportation from another location to us in the afternoon.  

All programs are subject to minimum enrollment requirements.

July 17, 2020

The Regional COVID-19 Incident Management Team is supporting and implementing White House Coronavirus Task Force recommendations to preempt exponential COVID-19 community spread. Press release.

Washoe County as a whole and the Reno metropolitan area were localities identified to be in the “Yellow Zone,” which means that cases of COVID-19 reported here last week were between 10-100 per 100,000 population and that COVID-19 test positivity was between 5-10 percent. The “Red Zone”, a category for which Clark County falls into, had cases reported above 100 per 100,000 population and test positivity above 10 percent.

The Regional Information Center is reminding residents to adhere to following Governor Directives, Federal and State recommendations:

  • Wear a mask at all times outside the home and maintain physical distance
  • Limit social gatherings to 25 people or fewer (Previously was 50)
  • Use take out, outdoor dining or indoor dining when strict social distancing can be maintained
  • Protect anyone with serious medical conditions at home by social distancing at home and using high levels of personal hygiene
  • See updated regional business guidelines

July 2, 2020

Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Business and Industry’s COVID-19 Reopening Response Plan 6 30 20 (3)

June 29, 2020

Governor Sisolak announces emergency directive extending Phase 2 reopening plans

June 24, 2020

Governor Sisolak issues mandatory face coverings directive 024:

June 12, 2020

Updated Regional Guidance on Youth Sports

On June 10, 2020, Nevada Health Response released guidance on youth sports, which allowed local agencies to begin the process of reopening fields for youth sports. This updated guidance allows for contactless outdoor youth sports practices only. At this time, only spectator-less outdoor practice sessions are allowed.

The guidance outlines the mandatory procedures that must be followed and the recommended best practices including specific guidance for baseball, softball and soccer.

Regional partners from Washoe County, City of Reno and City of Sparks have coordinated on a consolidated reopening plan. It’s important for representatives of leagues and youth sports organizations to know that they must submit a safety plan that complies with the updated Nevada Health Response guidance before they will be allowed access to fields throughout the region.

The City of Sparks will accept applications beginning on Monday, June 15 for travel teams that want to rent fields for practices. Youth and adult tournaments will remain closed through June.

Groups that are part of the Sparks Youth Sports Foundation will be able to practice beginning June 15, if their organization decides to have some sort of spring/summer season. Otherwise, the fall season for youth sports begins August 1.

Joint-use school sites remain closed until released by the Washoe County School District.

May 28, 2020

Parks and Recreation Information

Parks: All neighborhood and community parks are open. The City will continue to limit the general public’s use of shared recreational equipment, including playgrounds basketball courts, volleyball courts, baseball fields, football fields and the Sparks Marina beach, in a manner that does not allow for the congregation of 50 or more people and will continue to encourage social distancing policies.

Pools: Deer Park and Alf Sorensen pools may open per direction from Governor Sisolak. The City will open pools open once staff and lifeguards are in place and under the strict guidelines from the Governor’s office.

Day Camps: City staff is evaluating best practices in moving forward with summer programs at the recreation gym and at the Larry D. Johnson Community Center. Based on facility size, Summer Outburst may be able to register about half the number of participants the program usually accommodates. Staff will send a notification to parents with Epact emergency information on file to gage interest in the Summer Outburst Program and determine its viability.

Tournaments: Under Phase 2 guidelines, congregation of 50 or more people at a facility is not allowed. Therefore, tournaments at Golden Eagle Regional Park and Show Mountain Park will remain canceled at least through the end of June, pending further guidance from the Governor’s Office.

Recreation Softball: Staff continues to evaluate opening a summer league schedule for recreational softball at Golden Eagle Regional Park and Shadow Mountain Park will an anticipated start date of July 6. Again, no more than 50 people will be allowed to congregate and social distancing policies will be in place.

Youth sports and Recreation: The state is working with the local districts and youth sports districts to announce plans in Phase 2.

General Guidelines: 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 strict social distancing.

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.

Phase 2 Directive and Business Guidelines

Washoe County Phase 2 Guidelines
Declaration of Emergency Directive 021 – Phase Two Reopening (5/28/2020)
Phase Two Reopening: General Guidance (5/28/2020)

Sparks Municipal Courts Reopening June 1

The Sparks Municipal Court will open for arraignment and trial calendars beginning June 1, 2020 with the following guidelines and restrictions:

  • Please do not enter the Court if you are experiencing symptoms of illness such as cough, shortness of breath and fever, if you have been exposed to coronavirus, traveled to CDC Level 3 countries or been around someone who has traveled to one of those countries.
  • If you are not comfortable entering the Courthouse, or have any of the above issues, please contact the Municipal Court at (775) 353-2286 for options to resolve your citation or case.
  • To reduce the risk to yourself and others, the Court is practicing social distancing by maintaining six feet distance between all people throughout the Courthouse.
  • You are encouraged to use facial coverings while in the lobby of the Courthouse.
  • Citations may be paid by clicking here: cityofsparks.us/citation-payment

Sparks, NV – El tribunal esta abierto para los calendarios de lectura de cargos y el juicio a partiir del 1 de junio de 2020.

  • Por favor no entre al Tribunal si usted tiene síntomas de enfermedad tal como, falta de respiración y fiebre, si ha sido expuesta al coronavirus, si ha viajado a un país del nivel 3 del CDC o si ha estado cerca de alguien quien ha viajado a algunos de esos países.
  • Si usted no se siente cómodo entrar al Tribunal, o tiene algunos de los problemas mencionados, usted tiene opciones para resolver su caso o citación. Por favor comuníquese con el tribunal al 775-353-2286 para más información.
  • Para reducir el riesgo a usted y otros, el tribunal está poniendo en práctica distanciamiento social al mantenerse 6 pies de separación dentro del Tribunal y se le anima a usar una cobertura del rostro mientras que esté en la recepción del Tribunal.
May 9, 2020
Sparks City Hall is still closed to most walk-in business 
  • Business is being conducted by appointment only.
  • Visitors will be required to take a short health assessment and take their temperature. Anyone with temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above, will not be able to do business at City Hall.
  • Sewer payments can be completed by mail, by phone or online at cityofsparks.us/customer-service.
  • Business license applications and renewals can be completed by mail on online at www.onenv.us.
  • For sewer and business license questions please contact customer service at 775-353-5555 or customerservice@cityofsparks.us.
  • Passport Services can be obtained at the US Postal Service – 750 4th Street, Sparks
  • Building Permits and Development Applications are being processed by appointment only.  Please call 775-353-2306 or email permitdesk@cityofsparks.us.
  • All planning and development related meetings should be coordinated through the planner assigned to your case. If you have questions, please call 775-353-2300.
  • Public Records requests can be made online at cityofsparks.us/records-request. Please call the City Clerks office at (775) 353-2350 or email cityclerk@cityofsparks.us with any questions.
May 8, 2020: 
April 25, 2020
An updated version of the Regional COVID-19 Business Operations Guide is being released. The guide summarizes operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses during this public health emergency. In this update, you will find:
  • Updated guidelines related to the sales of alcohol;
  • Clarified standards for delivery and curbside pickup at non-essential businesses; and
  • Clarification of bicycle shop operations.
April 24, 2020:
The City of Sparks has made the difficult decision to cancel tournaments and special events through at least the month of May. Cancellations include:
May 2nd & 3rd – All World Sports, Youth Baseball – Golden Eagle & Shadow Mountain
May 8th & 9th – Law Enforcement Tournament, Adult Softball-Golden Eagle
May 16th & 17th – No Crying Tournament, Adult Softball – Golden Eagle
May 22nd – 31st – SSUSA Rockin Reno, Senior Softball – Golden Eagle & Shadow Mountain
Special Events:
3rd Thursdays: May 21st

April 3, 2020

***COVID-19 Essential vs. Non Essential Business information can be found here: https://covid19washoe.com/businesses/

Visiting parks in the City of Sparks

Per Governor Sisolak’s Emergency Declaration (007), we ask if you visit a park, please do not do so in groups. The Governor’s emergency directive prohibits gatherings of groups of 10 or more in any indoor or outdoor public area to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, this includes parks, trails and other outdoor activities. 

Update on COVID-19 Homeless Services

Under the direction of the Washoe County COVID-19 Incident Management Team, a Homeless Services division has been created and is actively working to ensure essential services are provided to our region’s homeless population during this crisis.

As part of that of that emergency response, 19 Sani-Hut portable restrooms with hand sanitizer have been temporarily placed in a variety of areas throughout Washoe County to provide our homeless population with access to restrooms. Four Sani-Huts have been placed in Sparks, and 15 have been placed in Reno, the majority of those in the downtown corridor.

Bottled water has also been secured, for general distribution among the homeless population.

About a dozen hand-washing stations will be temporarily deployed soon in the region, once the weather warms up (so the water doesn’t freeze).

The Reno Events Center has been established as a temporary overnight homeless shelter. Nightly operational hours are from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. There are 375 mats/beds currently available. Running water is also available inside the Events Center.

Screening process: Individuals are assessed at entry. If COVID indicators are suspected, individuals are directed to the Community Assistance Center (CAC) Record Street campus for medical screening and isolation. There is a limit of one personal bag per admittance, with some exceptions. Potential occupants are also being screened for weapons, drugs and alcohol – all of which are not allowed in the Events Center or CAC.

Those being housed at the CAC are limited to Veterans, those who need to be isolated, or those with special needs.There are 35 beds available at the CAC.

There are currently no known COVID cases at the Events Center or CAC. Social distancing is being strongly enforced at both locations.

COVID19BusinessOperations update 3.31.2020

Parks and Recreation will not be taking any new registrations until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience. 

Business Operations Guide

A regional COVID-19 Business Operations Guide has been established to be implemented in Reno, Sparks and unincorporated Washoe County. Please be advised, this document may be updated as the COVID-19 situation changes. Due to health and safety concerns for the public in light of COVID-19, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and his administration took actions starting on March 17, 2020 with regard to the operations of essential and non-essential businesses. This guide summarizes operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses during this public health emergency. Restrictions remain in effect until April 16, 2020.

Park Use

Please see our Park Use During  COVID-19 Public Health Emergency: COVID PARK USE (Joint Message from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County).

Recreation Programs

All recreation programs are cancelled at least until April 16. Parents, guardians and participants, please fill out this Cancellation Form COVID-19(2) to request a refund or credit and return it by email to recinfo@cityofsparks.us. Please note, no processing fee will be charged.

Please see below about extended closures of programs/classes/leagues/etc. The following dates are tentative and may change, please check the City’s website regularly.

  • Voice Coaches canceled (may be rescheduled with future date)
  • Skills4sports will be canceled through April
  • Preschool-Small Wonders cancelled through April 16th
  • Before and After School Programs cancelled at least through April 16th
  • Blast ball to begin tentatively the week of April 16
  • Aquacise to tentatively begin the week of April 16
  • Just for Kicks tentatively to begin the week of April 16
  • Preschool-Small Wonders tentatively to start back up on April 16
  • Alf Sorensen/Larry D. Johnson Community Center tentatively the week of April 16
  • All Youth/Adult Leagues no practices or games until at least April 16
  • Art in Motion cancelled through April 17
  • Dog Obedience tentatively to begin April 20
  • Any Art in Motion class will tentatively start April 20
  • All Park Rentals, Events, and Tournaments are canceled thru April 30
  • Mindful Yoga tentatively to begin in May
  • Leisure Without Limits Art and Bowling tentatively to begin in May

Some programs may be reduced in number of participation days or extended. If your program begins and the number of class days is reduced a credit/refund will be prorated to your household.

March 21, 2020

The Monday, March 23, 2020, Sparks City Council Meeting at 2:00 pm is still scheduled. The City of Sparks will be implementing social distancing at this meeting and following additional guidelines from the CDC and Washoe County Health District. In addition, we encourage citizens to email public comment to cityclerk@cityofsparks.us.  A public comment period will still be provided at the meeting. In-person capacity for meeting attendance at City Hall has been reduced to 13 people. We encourage those wishing to attend to meeting to consider watching via our livestream on the City of Sparks Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/cityofsparks or online.

In cooperation with the City of Reno, The City of Sparks, and Washoe County, the Community Foundation opened a charitable relief fund to help address needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic in northern Nevada. The COVID-19 Relief Fund will distribute grants to individuals, businesses, governmental services and charitable nonprofits. A fund advisory committee made up of representatives from local organizations, local governments, the Community Foundation and experts on the impact of the virus will decide and recommend the grants to the Community Foundation Board of Trustees. People are asked to contribute to the COVID-19 Relief Fund on the Community Foundation Website, nevadafund.org. The COVID-19 Relief Fund is intended to address the larger and long-term picture and take action where it will be most effective at helping people in our community. To address individual’s and families’ basic needs the United Way of Northern Nevada and the Sierra has set up The United Way Emergency Assistance Fund. For more information visit the United Way website at www.uwnns.org. View a list of resources  to learn more about Northern Nevada’s situation and the organizations working to serve residents during this emergency.

March 20, 2020

The Washoe County School District, in partnership with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, is providing free meals to any child aged 18 and under. Families are not asked to provide identification or information in order to receive free meals. The Food Bank and District will be providing multi-day meals at more than 20 schools and community sites at varying times and dates next week. Log onto www.washoeschools.net for more information about a variety of community resources for food, and this information will be updated as needed. In addition, you may call 2-1-1 for a list of schools, dates, and times for food distribution.

Click here for the Regional Response Team message and follow us on Twitter @COVID19Washoe.

University suspending non-essential operations and services for at least 30 days: https://www.unr.edu/president

FEMA rumor control page: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

Available programs and resources:

Messages from Mayor Ron Smith:

March 17, 2020 7:00 pm

This evening, Governor Steve Sisolak requested statewide closures of non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Sparks fully supports the Governor’s decision and thanks him for his leadership.

Casinos, bars, gyms, salons and malls will be affected by the closure directive. Restaurants will be able to provide takeout and delivery service, but no in-restaurant dining is allowed. Essential businesses, including grocery stores, will remain open.

The directive is for 30 days starting at noon tomorrow and will be reevaluated after the 30-day period.


To facilitate community-wide restocking and delivery of goods  and supplies in the Truckee Meadows in response to a recent spike in consumer demand driven by the COVID-19 pandemic event, the City of Sparks is temporarily suspending restrictions on delivery hours to local businesses. Through at least April 30, 2020, the City is encouraging local retailers, suppliers, vendors and logistics companies to use this operational flexibility to replenish their respective inventories as best they can. “Our goal is to help businesses in Sparks receive deliveries as quickly and efficiently as they can, reduce detention time for shipping companies so that they can get on to their next stop, and get shelves in Sparks filled with the products on which our citizens rely,” said Mayor Ron Smith.” Combatting COVID-19 is a community-wide effort; making proactive temporary adjustments to the way we do business to better facilitate the well-being of individuals and businesses makes sense.”

Update: March 17, 2020

We have suspended all in-person services through at least April 30.

Update: March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Cancellation/Refund/Credit Request

All recreation programs are cancelled from March 16th – April 5th. Parents, guardians and participants, please fill out this  Cancellation Form COVID-19 to request a refund or credit and return it by email to recinfo@cityofsparks.us. Please note, no processing fee will be charged.

The safety and well-being of our employees, residents and visitors is of the upmost importance to us. We are actively monitoring information from Governor Sisolak, the Washoe County Health District, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are working with our regional partners to bring you up to date information concerning COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus).

We strongly urge the public to practice good hygiene, stay home when feeling unwell, and call your health practitioner if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, fatigue, cough, and aches).

Update: March 15, 2020

Sparks Mayor Ron Smith has declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19. Please read the official media release here: https://cityofsparks.us/news/city-of-sparks-mayor-declares-state-of-emergency-in-response-to-covid-19/

Important notice to parents of Washoe County school age children. In conjunction with the state’s decision to close all Nevada K-12 schools until at least April 6, the City will be closing spring break and before and after school programming scheduled through City of Sparks Parks and Recreation. Parents and guardians will need to make alternative arrangements for the care of their children.

Kid Konnection
Spring Vacation Fun
Small Wonders Learning Center

Parents and guardians will need to make alternative arrangements for the care of their children.

Additionally, all City of Sparks community centers will be closed at least until April 6 including the Larry D. Johnson and Alf Sorensen Community Centers and the City Recreation Center. All programs, classes and lessons scheduled at these facilities are also cancelled. Parents, guardians and participants can expect a household credit or refund and will receive more detailed communication from City of Sparks Parks and Recreation in the coming week.

All youth and adult leagues have also been cancelled until at least April 6 as well.

The City has also cancelled all tournaments and special events through Thursday, April 30, 2020, including but not limited to this weekend’s Dublin Dirty adult softball tournament and the following:


  • All World Sports Youth Baseball, March 21-22, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • Reed High Varsity Softball Tournament, March 27-28, Shadow Mountain Park
  • NSA Girls Fast Pitch, March 28-29, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • Down & Dirty, April 4-5, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • USA Softball State, April 11-12, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • All World, April 18-19, Shadow Mountain Park and Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • All American Athletics, April 25-26, Golden Eagle Regional Park
  • Capital Sports, April 25-26, Golden Eagle Regional Park

Special Events

  • 3rd Thursday, March 19 and April 16, Victorian Square
  • Out of the Darkness Walk, April 18, Sparks Marina

Please go to https://www.washoecounty.us/health for important updates, information and resources from the Washoe County Health District.

For City of Reno updates, please click here: https://www.reno.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/covid-19