Las Vegas Tribune
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has ordered a statewide total shutdown of all casinos and other nonessential businesses in Nevada starting at noon Wednesday. The state’s latest coronavirus containment effort will apply to all bars, gyms, beauty salons, barbershops, malls, and restaurants that do not provide takeout and delivery services.
During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, the first-time Democrat governor explained that casinos and hotels will be given time to remove their guests before closing for 30 days.
Retail malls and stores will also be closed for a month as the Nevada officials work day and night to combat the coronavirus. Gaming machines are to be emptied and shut down by midnight on Tuesday.
“My ultimate goal here is to come together as Nevadans to save lives,” he told reporters in Las Vegas. “That requires aggressive strategies aimed at limiting community spread. “We don’t have time to waste. We must act aggressively and decisively to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.”
The order will not impact essential businesses such as gas stations and grocery stores. Airports, banks, post offices, hospitals, pharmacies, daycare, and urgent care facilities will also remain unaffected.
Professionals such as lawyers, doctors, accountants, Realtors, and others can keep their offices open so long as they observe health precautions. It’s unclear if the closure order will apply to thousands of workers at Tesla’s sprawling giga-factory east of Sparks, though Sisolak has said no employee who wishes to remain home should be required to work.
He plans to reevaluate the shutdown order next month. “All gatherings should be postponed or canceled,” the first-term Democrat added. “This is not the time for playdates, sleepovers, concerts, theater outings, or athletic events. “This is not a vacation and it’s not a time to catch up with friends.
It’s definitely not a time to go to the movies. Every social contact increases your risk of exposure.”
A visibly frustrated Sisolak later raised his voice when asked to clarify the extent of the ban’s likely impacts on the state’s crucial casino industry. People are dying,” he said toward the end of the press conference. “It’s incumbent upon the citizens of this state to take this seriously.”
The Culinary Union on Tuesday sent out an email that we assume was also sent to other media outlets expressing support for the decision made by Governor Sisolak, which is called a necessary step to protect Nevadans from the spread of coronavirus.
U.S. Reps. Dina Titus and Steven Horsford quickly issued statements applauding Sisolak’s announcement, as did U.S. Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto. Also, the Chairman of the Nevada Republican Party, Michael McDonald, praised the governor’s actions of shutting down the entire state.
“As a lifelong Nevadan, I have experienced the best and toughest times firsthand,” McDonald wrote in a statement. “From 9/11 to 1 October, the character of this community has proven itself to be resilient time and again.”
The Culinary Union supports the decision made by Governor Sisolak to protect working families in Nevada. Health and safety are priorities as we face this global crisis. Governor Sisolak’s order today is necessary for protecting Nevadans, workers, and customers in the fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus.