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Nonessential Vegas businesses close for 30 days; emotions felt across valley

Posted at 7:18 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 23:58:21-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — At noon Wednesday, nonessential businesses were supposed to close their doors across Nevada, per Governor Sisolak. It's all to stop the spread of coronavirus, but it's an emotional step for many.

Dry Cleaners are deemed essential, and one in Las Vegas is creating a home pickup and delivery service to ensure customers don't have to come to the storefront.

"We hope that you are doing well, and we are implementing our pickup and delivery services to hopefully make things a little easier during these hard times," said the owner of Star Cleaners, as she shared a message sent to her customers.

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Just next door is a dog grooming business called Man's Best Friend.

Owner Elizabeth Davies was close to tears when she closed up shop around noon Wednesday, not knowing when she'd be able to open her business back up.

"I don't know how to feel. This is something I've never experienced before and I feel like a lot of Americans are the same way, this is something we've never gone through," Davies said.

She said the health of her five employees and customers is her priority, so she made the decision to not continue any business, even though they'll take a financial hit.

"If we're not going to be here, how do we pay, how do we live?," she said.

Governor Sisolak Tweeted out an update to her concerns, saying Nevada would be one of the first states to get low-interest federal loans for small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of coronavirus.