In a tourist city like Las Vegas, the question is whether resorts, bars and restaurants need to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – and whether government officials will already have recognized the effects of the novel coronavirus.
So far, officials in Clark County and Las Vegas have not intervened as they have in other US states. Steve Sisolak, governor of Nevada, has not called for the closure of non-essential businesses, and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman has no plans to order the mandatory closure of non-essential businesses, she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, calling it ” devastating”. to the tourist-dependent city.
“I hope the private sector will rise to the top, that they will be allowed to stay open and take care of these families who go from paycheck to paycheck,” she told the newspaper. “We really don’t compare ourselves to LA or New York here in Las Vegas because we’re totally dependent on the tourism industry.”
Meanwhile, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve mandated all bars, restaurants, gyms and other non-essential businesses to be closed through Friday through April 5th. Take-away restaurants, grocery stores and pharmacies can remain open.
And despite the lack of an official statewide mandate, dozens of restaurants and resorts along the Strip have temporarily closed, with an immediate impact on these companies and their workers.
Restorer Elizabeth Blau, co-founder of the Las Vegas-based Women’s Hospitality Initiative, has launched a petition against Governor Sisolak seeking unemployment benefits, health care tax credits, and other federal government support to help the food and beverage community as it lay off employees and possible Facing closings.
“We will not survive this crisis without immediate action by your office,” writes Blau.
The petition also calls for credit cuts and the abolition of wage and sales taxes for restaurants and bars, “so that we can create a long-term plan for the operation of our stores and let our employees know that they have a secure future.”
Blue that had to close her restaurant Honey salt According to official comments on avoiding restaurants and bars, protection for employees and companies has been omitted. “We are not the casinos. We are not the airlines. That’s why it’s important that our voices are heard, ”she says.
So far, the petition has nearly 600 signatures. Blue was hoping for 50.
Blau’s petition is similar to that in other states. In Austin, a petition launched by a distillery owner is asking the state of Texas to cancel or postpone taxes on mixed drinks and sales. A server in Austin started its own petition calling on the city of Austin and Mayor Steve Adler to help service workers by adjusting their home rents. In NYC, the New York City Hospitality Alliance and the New York State Restaurant Association urged government officials to grant extensions or suspensions of tax payments, waive rental subsidies, and consider at least ten other business saving measures.
“Las Vegas is a global culinary destination that is second to none, and we want it to stay that way,” says Blau.
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