Partial Opening Of Nevada Businesses Gets Underway

LAS VEGAS, NV (AP) - Restaurants, hair salons and some of the other Nevada businesses that closed or had their operations reduced under state-imposed restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus were able Saturday to reopen or once again allow customers inside their establishments. 

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday had said restaurants, salons and other nonessential businesses could reopen Saturday with limited capacity. He said hospitalization rates and positive tests had stabilized.

However, Sisolak kept casinos, nightclubs, spas and gyms closed, along with indoor movie theaters, bowling alleys, community centers, tattoo parlors, strip clubs and brothels. 

Lala’s Style Hair & Makeup Studio had only one customer per stylist when it reopened Saturday and everybody was masked inside the business located in an unincorporated area of Clark County near the Las Vegas airport, said owner Laura Leon.

She said her customers were anxious for the business to reopen.

“They’re happy. They’re so excited,” Leon said. “Everybody has long hair.”

Sisolak ordered the closures on March 17.

Nevada’s economic skid halted a state on an hot streak. The state’s unemployment rate in February was a lowest-ever 3.6% but hit a record 22% on Friday.

The state reported over 300 deaths from the coronavirus outbreak as of Saturday with over 6,000 positive cases of COVID-19.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

Even with some businesses reopening, people still should avoid large groups, wear face masks in public and limit contact with people outside their household, officials said.

“As we begin to slowly reopen with Phase 1 it is important for all of us to still do our part in social distancing as much as possible to ensure our health and the health of others,” Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick said Saturday on Twitter.

The Truffles N. Bacon Cafe in Las Vegas on Saturday resumed dine-in eating on its patio but the business wasn’t ready yet to again have eating inside, said Magnolia Magat, manager and co-owner.

The cafe was complying with social distancing by leaving some seats at tables empty, seating groups of multiple people at more than one table and having customers call ahead to make reservations, Magat said.

“I’d rather have the inconvenience than have people getting sick,” Magat said.