On March 17, 2020, Governor Steve Sisolak announced the closure of all non-essential businesses[1]. This closure has impacted the casino and hotel industry, as well as the food service industry. In an unprecedented move, Governor Sisolak ordered the shutdown of all casino games, including machines and tables, statewide. All restaurants and bars which serve food are able to remain open but are required to provide delivery or pick-up services only; dine-in is strictly prohibited. Maintaining social distancing and limiting social gatherings is essential as we progress through this trying time. The Governor’s guidelines shall be enforced for thirty (30) days.

In a separate notice provided by the Department of Taxation on March 18, 2020, it was announced that the marijuana industry, as a whole, shall be considered essential. This means that all marijuana facilities: cultivation, production, testing labs, medical dispensaries, retail stores and distribution facilities may remain open. As the State of Nevada recognizes the importance of its marijuana industry and the need to provide an essential service to consumers, it is paramount that the industry leads by example. For the marijuana industry, this means not allowing lines or congregations of people outside, utilizing delivery or pick-up services when available and following social distancing protocols. Adhering to the strict health and safety guidelines detailed by the Centers for Disease Control and State health officials is paramount in the fight against COVID-19.


For more information on COVID-19 and updates on the situation in the State of Nevada please visit https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov.


[1] The Governor’s COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiatives can be found here: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NV-Health-Reponse-COVID19-Risk-Management-Initiative-2.pdf