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Officials tracking business coronavirus guideline compliance

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 09:40:59-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — State and county officials are out in nearly every business community in Clark County checking for compliance with government mandated safety measures designed to protect people from the coronavirus.

Clark County inspectors have checked roughly 5,300 businesses since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,600 since Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered a mandatory mask order in June, and issued several warnings for violation of policies.

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Included in those warnings were two major Las Vegas Strip properties.

Both MGM Resorts properties, the Mandalay Bay received a warning for not enforcing social distancing at the pool and the Aria received a warning for not enforcing social distancing or mask wearing with customers.

MGM Resorts responded to a KTNV inquiry with the following statement:

Our employees, managers and leaders are working tirelessly to enforce physical distancing and mask regulations. We have spent countless hours thoughtfully putting in place safety protocols and training our employees."

Victoria Carreon, administrator of the Division of Industrial Relations, said state officials are knocking on business doors too with a team of 40 inspectors.

"We have as many of them as we can out there at one time, and they're starting to visit the businesses where we think they can have the most impact," she said.

Nevada State OSHA officials have responded to nearly 1,300 complaints and issued citations to 98 businesses.

"The initial fine starts out at about $13,500, and there are reductions based on a number of factors," Carreon said.

The average fine for businesses in Northern Nevada is $4,390 while businesses in Southern Nevada have been paying higher fines around $5,880 on average.