Governor Orders 30-Day Closure Of Non-Essential Businesses

All Gaming Operations To Cease At Midnight

Associated Press
March 17, 2020 - 6:50 pm
Steve Sisolak

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - An emotional Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak delivered an historic address to the press on Tuesday night, ordering all "non-essential" businesses in Nevada to close for 30 days in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Casinos will cease gaming operations at midnight. 

Before the Governor's announcement, several casino operators said that they would be closing shop: Las Vegas Sands, Station Casinos, Boyd Gaming and the South Point all released announcements detailing their closure. MGM Resorts, Wynn Resorts, and the Cosmopolitian had earlier announced that they were shutting down.

The Governor deemed "essential" businesses as as police, fire, transit and healthcare, pharmacies, banks, grocery store and gas stations, plus businesses that supply food, shelter or social services "for disadvantaged population"

A temporary motto was revealed at the press conference, "Stay Home For Nevada", a twist on the current "Home Means Nevada"

As he wrapped up the press conference, Sisolak said it would be the last such in-person announcements he would be making for the time being, instead saying he would be delivering information in other ways that obey the CDC's most recent guidelines on "social distancing"