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Las Vegas health food store allowed to reopen during pandemic

'Stay Healthy!' allowed to reopen 24 hours after closing
Posted at 8:34 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 01:16:07-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Less than 24 hours after receiving a written warning from Las Vegas police saying it was open in violation of the governor's order, the health food store Stay Healthy! was allowed to reopen.

"Of all places, health food stores need to be open," said Wayne Rudolph, owner of the store. "I mean, the name of my store is Stay Healthy! We're a health food store. That's what we do."

Las Vegas Police Department Lieutenant Nate Chio is helping to enforce Gov. Sisolaks's order to shut down nonessential businesses. He said they are trying to take a reasonable, common-sense approach to decide whether individual companies can stay open.

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Monday, Stay Healthy! was deemed nonessential because police thought the majority of its business was supplements and vitamins. After reassessing Tuesday, Chio said the store carries more food than initially reported.

Stay Healthy! manager Marge Roman said the store is packed with the kinds of products people are searching for most during this global pandemic.

"We have products to boost people's immune systems; we have cleansing products like hydrogen peroxide and hand sanitizer. We have specialty food products," said Roman.

Rudolph said he thanks his regular customers for supporting his business with calls to the governor's office today. He credits their support with being able to reopen Tuesday.

"I fought the law, and we won," Rudolph said.