Senators Cortez-Masto, Rosen Applaud Governor's Announcement

Sisolak Asks For All "Non-Essential" Businesses To Close For 30 Days

Mitch Kelly
March 18, 2020 - 7:09 am
 U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) (L) introduces U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate Jacky Rosen (D-NV) during a rally at the Culinary Workers Union Hall Local 226 featuring former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on October 20, 2018

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Both of Nevada's Senators gave praise to Governor Steve Sisolak's request that all Nevada "non-essential" businesses close for 30 days to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a statement, Catherine Cortez Masto and Jack Rosen, both Democrats, said

“Governor Sisolak has taken unprecedented action tonight in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus to protect the health and safety of Nevadans. We know the Governor did not come to this decision lightly or easily – and we support him. In the days and weeks ahead, we will be working tirelessly with Governor Sisolak, state and local leaders, and our federal delegation to ensure that our state’s vital tourism, gaming and hospitality industries, as well as the workers and customers their businesses depend on, bounce back from this pandemic and are supported through this difficult time.”

State gaming operations shut down at midnight on Wednesday. That shutdown covers any place that has machines, be it casinos, gas stations, bars, restaurants, and convenience stores.

Essential businesses include police and fire, pharmacies, grocery stores, medical facilities, and McCarran Airport.

For a list of what's considered "essential" vs. "non-essential", click here

So far, Nevada has reported 56 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, 42 being in Clark County. One person has died from complications related to the virus