Las Vegas Businesses Still Open Amid Coronavirus Closures

Chevron Gas Station in Las VegasThe coronavirus shutdown put into effect by Gov. Sisolak earlier this week called for the 30-day closure of all nonessential businesses, casinos, schools, and restaurants in Nevada. The initiative is being called the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative.

“The goal of this initiative is to protect the health and safety of Nevadans by preventing people coming together unnecessarily, where people who have the infection can easily spread it to others,” the release read. “Ask yourself this question: ‘Where do people get within 6 feet of other individuals for an extended period of time?’ — then avoid those areas.”

On Tuesday night, the Governor said “only essential services should remain open. Such as police, fire transit, and health services in addition to businesses that provide food, shelter, or social services to disadvantaged populations.”

The state’s Health Response Center compiled an updated list on Wednesday of all essential and non-essential services and sectors as detailed in the initiative. The list recommends which businesses should keep their doors open, and businesses that should shut down.

If you’re wondering what businesses will remain open in Las Vegas during the COVID-19 shutdown, continue reading below for the official list provided by Clark County Nevada. It’s also helpful to understand what businesses will be officially closed to dispel any confusion.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND SECTORS

  • Fire services, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services & public safety agencies
  • Healthcare services
  • Businesses or organizations that provide food, shelter, or critical social services for disadvantaged populations
  • Utilities as defined in NRS Chapter 704
  • Trash collection
  • Home maintenance/repair services
  • Auto repair services & trucking service centers
  • Grocery stores, supermarkets, hardware stores, convenience & discount stores
  • Pharmacies, healthcare operations, & biomedical facilities
  • Post offices & shipping outlets
  • Gas stations & truck stops
  • Banks & financial institutions
  • Veterinary services & pet stores
  • Laundromats & dry cleaners
  • Food processing
  • Agriculture, livestock & feed mills
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Operations: Warehousing, storage, distribution, and supply-chain related operations
  • Air transportation
  • Public transportation
  • Essential stays in hotels, commercial lodging, dormitories, shelters, and homeless encampments
  • Child care centers and daycares operating in accordance with requirements set forth by their licensing authorities and COVID-19 guidance

NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND SECTORS

  • Entertainment & hospitality, including but not limited to strip clubs and brothels, casinos, concert venues, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, large conference rooms, meeting halls, and cafeterias
  • Recreation and athletic facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers, gyms, health clubs, fitness centers, yoga, barre and spin facilities
  • Beauty and personal care services and facilities, including but not limited to barber shops, beauty, tanning, waxing hair salons, and nail salons and spas
  • Retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations. Retailers are encouraged to continue online operations with pickup and delivery.

Options for Non-Essential Businesses

In Gov. Sisolak’s latest press conference, he suggested the following options for how non-essential businesses should conduct their services:

“I’m telling nonessential businesses to find a way to service your customers through delivery, drive-thru, curbside pick-up or front door service. Otherwise, close your doors.”

Dining Guidelines

For food & beverage operators, Sisolak is directing them to shutter their dine-in operations and sub them for take-out, delivery, and drive-through options instead, while implementing strict sanitation practices.

“Pubs, wineries, bars, and breweries that do not include meals provided by a full kitchen should close,” the governor’s office advised.

Gaming Guidelines

“The Governor announced that all gaming machines, devices, tables, games, and any equipment related to gaming activity will be shut down. Restaurants and bars located within gaming properties will be subject to the same restrictions as those outside of gaming establishments.”

Cannabis Guidelines

“Licensed cannabis stores and medical dispensaries should only remain open if employees and consumers strictly adhere to the social distancing protocol. The Nevada Health Response Center is encouraging consumers to use delivery services and not congregate in stores.”

The Source Dispensary, a local Las Vegas cannabis dispensary, will be conducting regular business hours for two of their locations, which enforcing social distancing measurements, even offering free delivery for qualifying orders.

Situation Will Be Revisited for Revisions

Sisolak announced the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative on March 17, after declaring a state of emergency March 12. The state emergency declaration allowed Nevada to receive more resources to help mitigate the effects of the outbreak.

The Nevada Health Response Center, the governor’s office, and local leaders will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in the state and revisit/revise their guidelines as necessary.

Continue checking back for regular updates involving the coronavirus shutdown in Nevada.