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Coronavirus | Local Government

Providers struggle to meet needs of homeless as coronavirus pandemic spreads, conditions evolve

March 31st, 2020 - 2:00am
On Saturday, officials touted their work converting the Cashman Complex parking lot into a sleeping area complete with carpeting. But by Monday, a photo of people curled up under blankets in painted rectangles on the asphalt was drawing criticism from around the globe, with many asking why Southern Nevada’s largely empty megaresorts were not being offered up as a solution.

Coronavirus | Real Estate | State Government

Sisolak announces statewide moratorium on residential, commercial evictions during COVID-19 crisis

March 29th, 2020 - 4:18pm
The announcement, which came in a press conference on Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, comes after a coalition of legal aid providers and other advocacy groups called on elected officials to issue a statewide moratorium on evictions. Prior to the announcement, a patchwork of orders from some 40 courts in the state led to confusion about who was eligible for what, if any, relief or postponement of an eviction.

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Coronavirus | Real Estate | State Government

State’s ‘piecemeal’ approach to evictions during pandemic worries tenants and landlords alike

More than 20 organizations signed on to a letter last week calling on Sisolak to issue a statewide moratorium on evictions to provide peace of mind to renters, who comprise 45 percent of Nevada households, and replace a confusing patchwork of orders from individual local courts offering varied levels of relief to tenants.



Coronavirus | State Government

Indy Q&A: Sisolak weighs in on private sector donations, plans for makeshift hospitals, stopping evictions and releasing prisoners

March 27th, 2020 - 4:38pm
Sisolak did not make commitments on requests lodged this week that he release prisoners earlier or enact a moratorium on evictions. He did say he has consulted with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to explore how hotels, dorms and warehouses could be repurposed as hospitals if circumstances became dire.


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 | Local Government

Cities, counties ramp up enforcement as some nonessential businesses defy governor, remain open

March 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
Gov. Steve Sisolak made Nevada one of the first states to enter a state of partial lockdown last Tuesday as an emergency step meant to stem the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, enforcing a closure of the state’s casinos and urging other nonessential businesses to close their doors for 30 days. But in the week that’s followed, public confusion has mounted as many businesses, small and large, have defied the governor’s orders and kept their doors open.





Community | Coronavirus | Government

Coronavirus adds new complications for Nevada's homeless and those trying to help them

As cases of COVID-19 have proliferated, advocates have raised concerns about how the estimated 7,169 people experiencing homelessness on any given day in Nevada will fare when shelters are cutting back on services to minimize contact with people during an outbreak that threatens those living in close quarters, the elderly and people without access to facilities to properly clean themselves.


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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