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Nevada restaurants, salons prepare for Phase 1 reopening

Posted at 7:00 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 00:54:11-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — You won't be limited to takeout food starting Saturday, as customers can dine-in if they'd like with Nevada moving into Phase 1 of the reopening.

The seats at Shanghai Taste are usually filled with customers during lunchtime, but that hasn't been the case during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, there is relief coming with Gov. Steve Sisolak allowing restaurants to reopen and have dine-in options starting May 9. And restaurants are getting ready for the reopening.

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"We're implementing new steps and procedures to assure that we're going to be safe," said Joe Muscaglione, managing partner at Shanghai Taste.

He says the Chinatown restaurant will need time to prepare and overcome challenges in acquiring ingredients.

"We need to place our orders. We have special pork products. We can't find it around here. It's a specialty company," Muscaglione said.

He also says employees will need to be retrained with social distancing guidelines in mind, and they're putting preventative measures in place.

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"We're also going to have a special sanitizing station at the door. We have a barrier at the door which is going to create distance for pickup," Muscaglione said.

Capacity will be reduced by 50%, and Plexiglas will be put in the dining area to create separation and distance.

"We need to assure and make sure our staff, our families, and employees and are guests are 100 percent safe, and as soon as we open, we'll be ready," Muscaglione said.

Despite the sudden change, Muscaglione says he's looking forward to finally seeing hungry guests sit down and eat.

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"Come down. The portions are going to be bigger. The food always been delicious. It's going to be fresh as always," Muscaglione said.

The appointments are also coming in at Lala's Style after the governor gave the green light for salons to reopen.

"The phones started blowing up. Everybody was trying to get in and make an appointment," said owner Laura Leon.

She says she is already making preparations for the reopening: chairs are being spaced six-feet apart, and surfaces are being sanitized.

It's all to follow social distancing guidelines from the Nevada Board of Cosmetology.

"We're organizing our schedule and giving us at least thirty minutes between each client so we can sanitize, clean, disinfect and then get ready for the next client," Leon said.

Leon says the strict regulations mean serving fewer customers at a time, putting a hit on revenue.

"Now it's going to be one customer at a time, so that means you're cutting down your paycheck like four times less," she said.

Expecting the influx of customers, she asks for patience as her salon makes health and safety a priority.

"We want their safety to be our safety, and we're trying to make them happy, and as long as we keep them safe, then we're safe as well," Leon said.

If you're looking to get a haircut, you're being asked to shampoo and clean your hair before you arrive for your appointment.