If you were downtown over the last few days and didn’t know what was going on in the news, it wouldn’t have been immediately obvious that the valley was in the middle of a shutdown by how many tourists and locals were out and about in the area.
That’s since changed with an order that Governor Steve Sisolak mandated last night, calling for all non-essential businesses and hotel-casinos to close down for 30 days, effective Wednesday at noon.
“I have spoken with the chief medical officers of all of Nevada’s hospitals to get their assessment of our current situation and most responsible next steps. They have advised that the most effective course of action is to direct all Nevadans to stay home and for all non-essential businesses to close to the public for 30 days,” Sisolak said as he addressed the state Tuesday night.
Nom-essential businesses are being classified as casinos, theaters, gyms, recreational centers, bars and clubs, shopping malls and centers, some restaurants, hair salons and spas, bowling alleys, skating rinks, concert venues, and museums.
Downtown Las Vegas Wednesday Morning
Around 10 a.m. this morning, hotels in downtown in Las Vegas, like the D Las Vegas, were already preparing to close their doors by shutting down their entrances and shutting off their escalators.
The Fremont Hotel was also closed before noon, although the doors to the building were still unlocked. Around 10:30 a.m., a group of people were departing the Downtown Grand with suitcases in hand, getting ready to check out.
Other pinnacle downtown businesses have decided to go out with a bang, like Evel Pie, a downtown pizza eatery. On Wednesday, they announced that they would be giving away free pizzas through their walk-up window beginning at 11 a.m. until they ran out, according to a news release they released on their Facebook page.
“This was a very difficult decision because of our employees, but we need to the responsible thing,” said Evel Pie creator/co-owner Branden Powers. “We hope to be back serving the community as soon as we can.”
According to the Facebook post, they were giving away one large cheese pizza per person while supplies lasted.
The marquee sign the local restaurant put up before the closure happened read, “See you in 30 days, we love you.” It’s currently their Facebook cover photo.
RTC Transit to Suspend Downtown Express Bus Route
Following the governor’s request to shut down all nonessential businesses for the next 30 days, the Region’s Transit Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has decided to suspend its service routes on the Strip and their Downtown Express Route (SDX).
The 39-stop route, which runs from the South Strip Transit Terminal all the way to the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North mall in downtown Las Vegas, will be temporarily suspended beginning Thursday, according to a statement released by the RTC.
“We remain committed to providing transit service to our community, especially during this challenging time,” said RTC deputy CEO, Francis Julien. “While we are pausing service of the Strip & Downtown Express, riders can continue to move through the Resort Corridor through other RTC routes like the Deuce on the Strip. No changes have been implemented to residential fixed route or paratransit services at this time, but riders are encouraged to be patient in the event of service delays.”
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