It was supposed to be a day filled with green beer, four-leaf clovers and an added sense of luck.
That didn't quite happen. St. Patrick's Day in Nevada started with school closures and some voluntarily shutdown casinos, but by its end, Gov. Steve Sisolak had issued sweeping orders to close all nonessential businesses for 30 days — a dramatic move to curb the fast-spreading novel coronavirus.
The decision wasn't entirely unexpected. Other states have issued similar closure orders as the nation and world grapples with the upper-respiratory disease. On Tuesday night, Sisolak pleaded with Nevadans to stay home and save lives.
So in less than 24 hours, tourism corridors in Reno and Las Vegas went from having some activity to hardly any movement, save cleaning crews and other workers boarding up businesses. The Nevada Independent's photographers — Jeff Scheid, David Calvert and Daniel Clark — chronicled the unprecedented shutdowns over that time frame. Here's what they captured through the lens:
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