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Hispanic businesses looking forward to Nevada's reopening

Posted at 10:21 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 01:21:36-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — Hundreds of Hispanic businesses are getting ready for Saturday so they can reopen their doors after Gov. Sisolak announced Nevada is moving into Phase 1 of his reopening plan.

El Chamizal Mexican restaurant is a family-owned business and is one of the many companies cleaning and remodeling the interior ahead of the reopening.

Gov. Sisolak announces Nevada Phase 1 reopening starts May 9

"We are going to have cut capacity to 50 percent and provide extra sanitation", said Brandon Moreno, while supervising the changes.

He also said that it has not been easy for everyone involved. Curbside was not an option because waiters rely on tips for their wages.

"Whenever I find anything about restaurant employees some grants or any type of money, I sent it right out to them," Moreno said. "Also, the business programs, with the loans, there was such a long wait. I can see why some businesses are struggling and their closing their doors."

However, Moreno also said he knows they're lucky to continue to serve the community with their food after doing it for more than 20 years.

Latin Chamber of Commerce President Peter Guzman has praised the resiliency of the Hispanic community during the current pandemic.

He also said there are resources, like loans and the Businesses Information Network, also known as BIN, to help local associations working together.

"At the BIN, you can find information about how to do a loan, where to get a loan, where to get food. So, we have resources, and the Chamber has been offering that since the start of the closures," Guzman said.

He also recommends businesses that will be reopening to follow state guidelines released.

MORE: Nevada Health Response releases industry-specific guidance for Phase 1 reopening