LAS VEGAS (AP) – Republican Governor Steve Sisolak has signed an emergency decree adjusting the minimum distance between performers and viewers who previously questioned the return of productions in Las Vegas.

Built for excess and known for bright lights, large crowds, indulgent meals and headlines, the tourist destination has slowly reopened after the pandemic shut down business in March. Businesses, especially on the Strip, have struggled with limited air travel, a lack of midweek convention business, and a lack of arena events and entertainment.

Previously, the actors had to keep a distance of 7.6 meters between the viewers as a precaution against the corona virus. However, some smaller venues were unable to accommodate this limitation.

Sisolak signed the new emergency policy on Friday, updating the minimum separation distance to 1.8 meters (six feet) when the performers are wearing masks and 3.6 meters (12 feet) when the performers are exposed.

The order is effective immediately and applies to all live entertainment and performances at public gatherings and events of all sizes.

“This is amazing news,” said Angela Stabile, co-founder of Stabile Productions, Inc., which has hosted three different shows at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino and the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. “In the beginning it was an extreme guideline. This is another step in the right direction. “