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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Sheriff's Office Enforcing State Directive on Non-Essential Business Closures

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Nevada Governor Sisolak has issued an Emergency Declaration adding an enforcement provision to his previous request for non-essential businesses to close. Effective March 21st at midnight, all non-essential businesses were to close until April 16th. 

Governor Sisolak has published an emergency regulation outlining the particulars. 

 Non-essential businesses include but are not limited to 

  • recreation centers
  • clubhouses
  • nightclubs
  • movie theaters
  • massage parlors
  • adult entertainment establishments
  • brothels
  • live entertainment venues
  • fitness establishments such as gyms and studios
  • retail sales
  • aesthetic services such as beauty shops, barbershops, nail salons, tanning salons, and wax salons. 

A complete listing of non-essential businesses is listed on the Sheriff’s Department website

Businesses that are restaurants and food establishments serving prepared meals may continue serving the public but shall cease onsite dining effective March 21st at midnight. Food establishments shall only serve customers through a take-out, drive-through, curbside pickup, or delivery capacity. Those that are going to remain open under those provisions shall adopt COVID-19 risk mitigation policies in accordance with standards provided by the CDC to include social distancing, disinfection, and handwashing protocols. 

Essential businesses are encouraged to continue operation but shall adopt COVID-19 risk mitigation policies in accordance with standards provided by the CDC to include social distancing, disinfection, and handwashing protocols. 

Essential businesses include but are not limited to healthcare providers, veterinary services, grocery stores, pharmacies, financial institutions, hardware stores, convenience stores, security services, and gas stations.  Additional guidance on essential businesses is listed on our website.

Essential businesses shall provide curbside, pickup, or delivery of goods whenever possible. Essential business shall disallow the formation of queues whereby persons congregate in a matter that violates the social distancing guidelines provided.   Additional guidance is provided for essential businesses on our website. 

Retail cannabis dispensaries may operate by delivery ONLY. 

Construction, mining, manufacturing labor forces may continue operations but shall maintain strict social distancing practices to facilitate a minimum of six feet of separation between workers and general COVID-19 risk mitigation policies. 

Any business that is not discussed in the other categories may continue operations if they are able to implement social distancing safeguards for the protection of their employees. They shall not have any contact with the Nevada general public or provide services without causing members of the public to congregate closer than six feet of each other or provide services without causing more than ten members of the public to congregate. Additional guidance is provided on our website. 

Further information and guidance can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website.

NRS 202.595 makes it a gross misdemeanor or felony to perform any act or neglect any duty imposed by law. 

The governor has made it clear that you have a duty imposed by law under his emergency declaration. Nye County Deputies will be taking enforcement action in accordance with his emergency declaration made on March 20th. This enforcement action is ongoing until further notice.

Nye County continues to urge the public to follow the governor’s guidance and STAY HOME FOR NEVADA! This is the most effective way to prevent the continued spread of this virus. If you have to go out for essential purposes, please ensure you remain six feet apart and wash your hands often. These measures have been identified to be helpful in preventing the spread by medical professionals. 

Nye County Sheriff’s Office video release

Nye County Sheriff's Office video release
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