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Vegas-area bars adjust to new capacity restrictions amid 3-week statewide pause

Posted at 9:44 PM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 09:36:07-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas-area bars continue to adjust to new capacity restrictions brought about by Gov. Sisolak amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in Nevada.

The night before Thanksgiving is usually a bustling one at bars, but this year some bars saw the opposite.

Inside The Great American Pub in Henderson, only a few people were inside during the early evening.

As of Tuesday, Nevada restaurants and bars must limit capacity to 25% and reservations are required.

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“I think a lot of people are respecting the governor’s stay at home order,” said Erin Stine, assistant manager.

Stine says they’re doing what they can to stop the spread of COVID-19, including constant sanitation and putting up Plexiglas at the bar.

“We’ll keep going with whatever the governor asks of us so that we can stay open and we can be that second home for people who don’t have family in town,” Stine said.

She also says it was a similar slow Thanksgiving Eve at their other location near Flamingo Road and the 215 Beltway.

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But for some bars, a few customers just won’t cut it.

Atomic Liquors in Downtown Las Vegas announced Wednesday that they were temporarily closing their doors due to the reduced capacity requirements, but will reopen when they can have a more “sustainable” occupancy.

Anthony Brando, the owner of Brando’s Sports Bar, says the community is really what keeps neighborhood bars open.

“Nobody wants to shut down, everyone wants things to get back to normal, but we got to make sure everyone’s healthy too,” Brando said.