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Mixologist Brianna Portese makes drinks at the Velveteen Rabbit in the Arts District on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)

Bars that don’t also serve food were allowed to open in Clark County by first thing Monday after a closure that lasted more than two months.

A state task force granted the request last week after business owners shared about the stresses the closures had brought their families and promised to operate their establishments safely.

But business was still a bit slow on Monday evening in Downtown Las Vegas, and bar owners have said they fear additional closures after reopening earlier in the year, then being told to close in an attempt to contain a subsequent spike in COVID-19.

Photographer Jeff Scheid captured the scene of Las Vegas’ slow return to nightlife normalcy.

A vehicle travels on Main Street in the Arts District on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A couple walks in the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Mixologist Brianna Portese makes drinks at the Velveteen Rabbit in the Arts District on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
A sign posted announcing the reopening date at Davey's Locker in the Arts District on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Patrons gather at the CraftHaus in the Arts District on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Ricky Lewis pours a beer at the CraftHaus in the Arts District on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Patrons gather at the CraftHaus in the Arts District on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Katie Cruz, director of operations at the Atomic Liquors discuss how the bar will do social distancing on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Melodie Harris registers voters on East Fremont Street on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
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