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Bartenders get back to pouring drinks in Las Vegas as dine-in restaurants reopen

What happens in Vegas, now happens in masks! Bartenders get back to pouring drinks as dine-in restaurants, hairdressers and nail salons reopen in Sin City – but the Strip is still deserted

  • Phase One of Nevada’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ kicked off on Saturday
  • Dine-in restaurants, retail stores, hair dressers and nail salons are all allowed to reopen after a seven week shutdown
  • The businesses are only able to operate at 50 percent capacity, and employees must wear masks and enforce social distancing rules
  • Nevada is one of several states restarting its economy, in spite of the fact COVID-19 is still spreading rapidly around America 
  • In Nevada there have been at least 6,171 cases of coronavirus and 313 deaths as of Saturday evening – in Clark County where Vegas is located, 4,704 cases have been recorded and 256 have died
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

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Bartenders at Las Vegas restaurants are back pouring drinks as the city begins to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

On Saturday, Phase One of Nevada’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ officially commenced, with dine-in restaurants, retail stores, hair dressers and nail salons all allowed to open for the first time seven weeks. 

Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak announced the news earlier this week, stating: ‘Thanks to Nevadans cooperating and doing well with social distancing, we are on track for reopening criteria and will enter Phase One on Saturday, May 9’. 

Nevada has 6,171 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 313 people across the state have died from the virus as of Saturday evening. However, Gov Sisolak says a downward trajectory of cases and slowing rates of hospitalizations means the state can start getting back on track. 

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While casinos and standalone bars are not allowed to reopen in Phase One, residents ready to head out for a drink are able to do so at dine-in restaurants. 

Bartenders at Las Vegas restaurants are back pouring drinks as the city begins to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Elizabeth Blanke is pictured behind the bar at Hussong’s Cantina on Saturday 

Shake it up! Bartender Sivanna Guyer makes drinks for Vegas residents who are finally able to head out for an alcohol fix 

There was a steady crowd of customers at Kona Grill in the Boca Park neighborhood of Vegas on Saturday

Restaurateurs are taking extra precautions, with Hussong’s Cantina greeting diners with a squirt of sanitizer 

Barbara Boldt looked happy to be back at a restaurant with a glass of wine as she enjoyed a lunch date with husband Bill 

Hussong’s Cantina manager Steven Hanson was busy serving food to locals who are finally allowed out of the house to enjoy a meal 

On Saturday, Elizabeth Blanke was back behind the bar pouring drinks at Hussong’s Cantina in the Las Vegas suburb of Boca Park. 

However, it wasn’t quite business as usual, as restaurants must abide by new public health orders. 

All employees are required to wear face masks when interacting with members of the public, and restaurants can only operate at 50 percent capacity. 

Tables must be set up six feet apart and bar seating has to remain closed. 

A maintenance contractor is pictured setting up outdoor tables at Kona Grill in Las Vegas, which reopened Saturday

Under government rules, tables must be spaced at least six feet apart 

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One mask-clad server had his hands full trying to keep up with demand from eager customers 

Kona Grill had a sizable number of patrons on Saturday, but they were all safely spaced out 

Meanwhile, barbershops and hair salons also reopened on Saturday. 

Businesses were booming, with many finally able to have their tresses tamed after nearly two months indoors. 

 Las Vegas barbershop A Cut Above The Rest installed plastic partitions between each seat to help protect customers from potentially spreading any viruses. 

Las Vegas barbershop A Cut Above The Rest installed plastic partitions between each seat to help protect customers from potentially spreading any viruses

One man was happy to finally be able to have his haircut as he sat down at Makeshift Union Cutting & Grooming on Saturday 

Despite the rush on restaurants and barbershops Saturday, the world-famous Las Vegas strip still remains remarkably quiet, given that casinos are still closed. 

Meanwhile, a new report from Moody’s Analytics paints a gloomy picture for Sin City, predicting it will be slow to recover from the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus crisis.  

Las Vegas relies heavily on tourism, with people from around the world flocking to casinos and shows – which may be slow to start back up. 

The Moody Analytics report predicts that ‘Las Vegas, in particular, will suffer as the tourist hotspot’s economy is almost completely shuttered right now and will be for some time as both leisure travel and business travel dry out’. 

Despite the rush on restaurants and barbershops Saturday, the world-famous Las Vegas strip still remains remarkably quiet, given that casinos are still closed

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There are grim forecasts for Las Vegas’ economic recovery, given that it could be a long time before the city’s tourism reaches pre-pandemic levels 

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