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Survey finds how consumers, businesses in Nevada are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 8:32 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 03:16:08-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — While things may be moving in the right direction to reopen Nevada, businesses in Las Vegas are still trying to navigate uncharted waters.

"We have not a lot of detail, not a lot of understanding at multiple levels," said Bryan Wachter, Retail Association of Nevada. "For a small business owner, that uncertainty is going to be harsher than any social distancing that we can provide."

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The Retail Association of Nevada conducted their own survey, gathering the opinions and behaviors of Nevadans during the coronavirus outbreak.

A portion of that survey was finding out what consumers would be willing to do when restrictions ease up so that businesses know how to scale their operations and meet demand.

"Generally, they want to see the restrictions loosened somewhat," said Wachter. "But, there's a portion that is still cautious and waiting at home."

Wachter says businesses need to make their way to the virtual marketplace.

"Companies that are doing that well are going to can stay in business, and companies that are going to struggle to do that might have to close their doors," Wachter said.

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The hope to get back to normal in Las Vegas was even discussed at The White House on Wednesday when Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox spoke at a roundtable with President Donald Trump.

Maddox brought up his company's efforts during the pandemic, including continuing to pay all employees, in a hope to accelerate the economy.

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"I'm encouraging our state that we need to begin a phased approach and get back to business," Maddox said.