by: Caroline Bleakley
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Governor Steve Sisolak’s office sent out some guidance to clear up confusion about his request for non-essential businesses to suspend operating for 30 days in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
This comes less than 24 hours after Sisolak ordered the closure of all gaming operations and urged other non-essential businesses to do the same.
According to the guidance, essential services and sectors include, but are not limited to:
- 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
- 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
The guidance states “other businesses, including but not limited to legal services, business and management consulting, professional services and insurance services are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute.”
Non-essential services and sectors include, but are not limited to:
- 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.
- Any buffet or food stations used in charitable food distribution settings should transition to boxed meals or served through gloved staff members or volunteers.
- Restaurants throughout Nevada, in addition to pubs, wineries, bars, and breweries that include meals provided by a full kitchen should be reduced to serving food only in a drive-thru, take-out or delivery capacity. No dine-in at food establishments should be allowed until further notice. This also includes food courts, coffee shops, catered events, clubs, bowling alleys, and other similar venues in which people congregate for the consumption of food.
- Pubs, wineries, bars, and breweries that do not include meals provided by a full kitchen should close.
The guidelines point out that licensed cannabis stores and medical dispensaries should only remain open if employees and consumers strictly adhere to the social distancing protocol. However, the Nevada Health Response Center is encouraging consumers to use delivery services and not congregate in stores.