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PHOTOS: Nevada's tourism meccas grind to a halt after pandemic-related closure orders

The Nevada Independent Staff
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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:

St. Patrick's Day revelers party on Fremont Street in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Cocktail servers talk while a St. Patrick's Day crowd parties at O'Sheas Casino on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Newlyweds pose for a photo, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A couple walks near the reception area at Palazzo on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
The front door of the closed Wynn Las Vegas is padlocked on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A woman walks past shut down gaming machines at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A woman plays a video game at Binion's Gambling Hall on Fremont Street in Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Signage as seen on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
A worker cleans a pedestrian bridge on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Signage as seen on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Signs announcing a temporary closure hang on the doors of the Cal-Neva Casino in Downtown Reno on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
The entrance to Harrah's Reno on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, hours before Nevada's casinos shut their doors following orders from the governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A man with luggage walks past the closed Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Facilities workers at Circus Circus Reno lock the doors on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, following orders from the governor in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
A couple walks past Atomic Liquors on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Signage as seen on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
A deserted Fashion Show Mall as seen on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A worker cleans a pedestrian bridge on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Gaming machines inside the Eldorado Resort Casino in Downtown just before midnight on Tuesday night, March 17, 2020. Earlier in the day, Governor Steve Sisolak issued an executive order closing all casinos in Nevada. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Signage as seen on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
A disabled slot machine inside the Tropicana Casino and Resort as seen on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
Signage as seen on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
An empty beverage container sits on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, after gaming operations were ordered closed by Governor Steve Sisolak. (Daniel Clark/The Nevada Independent)
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