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Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Car dealerships considered ‘essential’ and can operate during business shutdown

March 27th, 2020 - 2:00am
A spokeswoman for Nevada Health Response — the state’s centralized agency for tracking and responding to COVID-19 — confirmed to The Nevada Independent on Thursday that car dealerships can continue operating during the business shutdown, even though they are not explicitly mentioned in emergency regulations outlining the types of businesses allowed to continue operations.

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Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Local Government

Finance expert to Reno council: Big drop in revenue coming

March 25th, 2020 - 1:53pm
With business closures across the state, a drop in tax revenue could lead to millions of dollars in lost revenue for municipalities, Reno Finance Director Deborah Lauchner said in a presentation to the City Council on Wednesday. Although city staff are looking at three scenarios including a “doomsday” case, Lauchner said it is still too early to tell how large the hit to city services will be.


Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Nevada Interrupted: Reno auto shop adjusts during a time of uncertainty

March 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
“Seeing what's happening around the global community, we knew that it was coming to America and that we were going to have to make some shifts and some changes and we wanted to be ahead of the curve, because if you don't prepare, then it's going to hit you a lot harder than it would if you've made some adjustments as this thing gets worse,” he said.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Vegas firm sues China on behalf of small businesses, accusing country of ‘cover-up’ that fostered coronavirus spread

March 24th, 2020 - 2:51pm
“The People’s Republic of China and other defendants intentionally misled the international community about the coronavirus and its devastating medical and economic effects,” said lawyer Robert Eglet. “It is believed that defendants intimidated doctors, scientists, journalists and lawyers and ordered the destruction of medical testing data which would have exposed defendants’ attempted cover-up.”


Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Indy Video: Las Vegas Strip, once teeming with tourists, all but abandoned during pandemic

March 23rd, 2020 - 12:30pm
With the spread of COVID-19 Gov. Steve Sisolak has closed all non-essential businesses across the state to help slow the spread of the virus. The normally bustling Las Vegas Strip now resembles something closer to a ghost town, with billboards that used to advertise fancy clothes, restaurants and shows now asking people to stay home and wash their hands.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business

Nevada Interrupted: How businesses and workers are adapting to pandemic’s realities

March 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
As businesses and individuals navigate an uncertain future, they are getting creative — a Reno distillery is using its alcohol to make hand sanitizer and a coffee shop created a social media campaign they called “#localdollars.” Some restaurants are decreasing hours, but promising to feed employees. The Nevada Independent will be sharing some of their stories starting today.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Indy Explainers

Indy Explains: What unemployment insurance can — and can’t — do to ease coming wave of joblessness

March 22nd, 2020 - 2:00am
On Saturday, state officials announced that the second week of March brought nearly three times the number of initial unemployment claims as the first week — the largest week-over-week jump in claims since current recordkeeping began in 1987. The nearly 6,400 claims in the week ending March 14 doesn’t yet capture the tumultuous past week, during which Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered “non-essential” businesses to close their doors.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business

The Indy Explains: What ‘essential’ businesses can still operate in Nevada after emergency coronavirus shutdown?

March 20th, 2020 - 6:39pm
The clearest answer yet comes in the form of emergency regulations published and made effective Friday evening by the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management. A business that remains open in spite of the regulations could face license revocations and civil or criminal penalties.


Coronavirus | Economy & Business

PODCAST: Trucking association’s Paul Enos on keeping the supply chain going in times of coronavirus

March 20th, 2020 - 10:50am
In an interview for the IndyMatters podcast, Nevada Trucking Association CEO Paul Enos insisted that shoppers don’t need to fear a food shortage. He said the scarcity on display is the product of people buying things up in massive quantities with none of the advance warning to stores and suppliers that usually comes ahead of heavy shopping periods.

Economy & Business

‘We’re staring off the edge of the cliff’: Artists, event professionals fear financial ruin amid pandemic

March 20th, 2020 - 2:00am
When her small business lost $35,000 in just three days amid recent large event cancellations in the Las Vegas area that ranged from Cirque du Soleil shows to Kelly Clarkson and Jonas Brothers residencies, Sarah O’Connell knew she wasn’t the only one suffering a jarring economic blow from the spread of COVID-19.


Coronavirus | Economy & Business | State Government

Sisolak issues guidance on 'non-essential' business shutdown amid questions, confusion from local governments and industry

Businesses of all stripes began to grapple with Sisolak’s unprecedented announcement last night asking most businesses in the state to close, with some beginning to shut their doors around noon while others either continued operating in an unclear environment — workers at the Tesla Gigafactory outside of Reno reported to work on Wednesday, while construction at Allegiant Stadium continues to go forward and several marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas said they would remain open for the time being.

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