Enforcement efforts continue on governor’s recent directive

City to visit nearly 300 businesses each day

Mitch Kelly
October 05, 2020 - 5:20 am
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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - The city of Las Vegas will continue to enforce and to educate businesses about the governor’s recent directive and social distancing requirements.

Beginning over the weekend, the city’s business license officers and compliance ambassadors started visiting 2 percent of the city’s businesses, or about 300 businesses per day every day, to ensure they are following the governor’s recent directive.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak recently signed Emergency Directive 033, adjusting statewide standards on gatherings and other areas. The new directive changes the previous limitation on gatherings from 50 people to 250 people or 50 percent of occupancy, whichever is less. This applies to both indoor and outdoor venues, including houses of worship.

Compliance ambassadors will be observing behaviors and verifying whether violations are occurring. If there is an enforcement action that needs to be taken, that will be done by a business license officer.

The compliance ambassadors are existing city employees; they are not new hires or newly added positions. These employees have been reassigned to the ambassadors program temporarily from their normal department. These ambassadors have been trained to identify whether any violations of the directive are occurring and to educate the business owners. If these ambassadors observe a clear violation of the directive, they will refer that to a business license officer who will then visit the business and address the violation.

Business license officers have the ability to write citations and issue fines.

By using ambassadors to observe behaviors, the cuty says that business license officers will be able to focus 100 percent of their time on addressing violations, to help keep customers and employees safe.