Metro: Quit calling us about open nonessential businesses

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(Photo: Bridget Bennett)
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(Photo: Bridget Bennett)

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police wants you to stop reporting all those businesses you think should be closed because they are nonessential.

With the exception of casinos, Governor Steve Sisolak’s decree that nonessential businesses close isn’t worth the paper it’s not written on, yet.

“At this time, LVMPD will not be responding to calls for service that report a business has not closed down,” the department wrote in an email Thursday to news outlets. “That request would require an executive order which has not been made available to LVMPD at the time of this request.”

Casinos were closed under an executive order.

But there has not been an executive order to shut down other nonessential businesses. Nevada Health Response, the team created by the governor to coordinate and release information about COVID-19, issued a guidance document Wednesday attempting to clarify what is and isn’t essential businesses. That document does not mandate that nonessential businesses close, but says they “should.”

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.