Las Vegas Casinos, Restaurants, and Bars Ordered to Close
The Nevada governor announced the statewide closure of all restaurants and bars due to coronavirus concerns.
Following news that Las Vegas resorts were closing their buffets due to coronavirus concerns, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has now ordered all casinos, bars, resorts, and restaurants to close for 30 days. The announcement was made during a Tuesday evening press conference, and applies to all “non-essential businesses,” which also includes beauty and barber shops, nail salons, tanning salons, and waxing salons.
“In order for those who will need critical care to be able to receive it, we need to do our part to stay healthy & keep our facilities available for those patients. It is our duty to the most vulnerable to take our role in stopping the spread seriously & to #StayHomeforNevada,” Gov. Sisolak tweeted.
The shutdown went info effect at noon on Wednesday, March 18. In a thread, Gov. Sisolak continues that Nevada restaurants, as well as wineries, bars, and breweries that serve meals with a full kitchen, will not be allowed to have dine-in service “until further notice.”
Food can still be served in a drive-thru, take-out, or delivery capacity. As for casinos and gambling services, all “gaming machines, devices, tables, games, and equipment” were ordered to be shut down effective at midnight. Restaurants and bars located in gaming properties "will be subject to the same restrictions."
Nevada is one of many states to order closures in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut made the joint decision to close bars and restaurants (takeout and delivery are still permitted), as well as ban gatherings of 50 people or more; in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine closed all bars and restaurants in the state through Monday, March 30, with delivery and takeout services also permitted.
As more restaurants are forced to close, whether voluntarily or mandated by the state, there have been mass lay-offs, and the hospitality industry is working to find ways to support staff and weather the crisis. Several relief funds have begun to crop up, and chefs have launched a petition urging the government to help out—there are also ways you can support your local businesses too, from ordering delivery (and doing it safely) to buying merchandise and gift cards. Check out our full guide to helping restaurants and bars for more steps you can take.