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Las Vegas restaurants opened quietly this weekend

Nevada’s stay-at-home order was supposed to extend through May 15, but last Thursday Governor Steve Sisolak announced that restaurants and some other businesses may reopen last Saturday as part of the Phase 1 plan of the ‘State.

“The decision fell at 3:00 pm and customers started calling at 3:15 pm to make reservations. We got 30 calls in 15 minutes, ”says Sam Marvin, owner of Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse, a restaurant off the Strip. Restaurants in casino hotels cannot yet open.

Marvin says the announcement came as a surprise, with most Nevada restaurateurs believing it would happen around May 22. He doesn’t expect to reopen for food service until May 19, although the butcher’s shop has been open and is doing booming business. since the end of March.

While he has a plan in place, “to reopen I basically have to start over,” says Marvin. His to-do list includes retraining employees, installing new sanitation equipment, reconfiguring the floor plan, and replenishing inventory. “Our seafood supplier hasn’t delivered for six weeks,” he says.

Restaurants in Las Vegas neighborhoods and suburbs were among the first to reopen, following restrictions set by the governor. Capacity is limited to 50%, with tables spaced 6 feet apart and no seats at the bar. Reservations are encouraged, disposable menus or menu boards are mandatory, and strict sanitary protocols must be applied.

Nevada has had a low death rate from coronavirus, with about 230 confirmed in the state. There has also been a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, all of which contributed to the governor’s announcement earlier than expected.

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