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Vegas workers concerned about safety as businesses prepare to reopen

Stay-at-home order extended until May 15
Posted at 12:54 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 20:34:46-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The stay-at-home order has been extended until May 15, but some retail businesses are allowed to reopen with curbside service starting Friday. Some people who have been out of work for weeks may not feel ready to return.

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According to the Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation, about 1 out of every six people in Nevada are now unemployed. Those hit hardest are part of the hospitality, food service, and retail industries.

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Michele Evermore, with the National Employment Law Project, says as some businesses prepare to reopen, many workers still have their concerns about safety.

"Workers can't refuse suitable work if it is offered to them, but I think in some cases the work that is being offered to them isn't really suitable if it is not safe," says Evermore.

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According to NELP, you can refuse to go back to work, but only if you're sick with COVID-19, are caring for somebody with COVID-19, or have lingering COVID-19 disabilities.