Nevada Extends Business Closures Until May 15, But Releases Plan to Re-Open State

The state of Nevada has extended its directive that ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses, including collection agencies, through May 15 as part of a broader announcement that the governor calls a “Roadmap to Recovery” from the coronavirus pandemic.

The state will start easing some restrictions of its Stay at Home order as early as today, but unless a directive was specifically mentioned as part of the plan being announced today, all other directives currently in effect will remain in effect through May 15.

Among the restrictions being eased as part of the first phase of the plan are:

  • Allowing curbside pickup for all retail businesses, similar to what is allowed for restaurants
  • Drive-in services are now allowed for places of worship, as long as participants remain in their vehicles and maintain a social distance of at least six feet from people not in their household
  • Allowing some recreational activities, such as golf, pickleball, and tennis, as long as it is done safely and prevents the spread of COVID-19.

“Nevadans have done an incredible job at staying home for our state, and as we work diligently to meet the reopening criteria, I wanted to begin some initial incremental changes that will make our full transition into Phase 1 smoother and positively impact our communities and small businesses,” said Gov. Sisolak. “Our ability to enter the next phase and any subsequent phase of reopening will be determined by the continued commitment of Nevadans to follow aggressive social distancing guidance and requirements.”

Nevada was one of the first states whose actions impacted the credit and collections industry in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Financial Institution Division of the state’s Department of Business closed all non-essential businesses, including collection agencies for 30 days on March 19. The initiative also recommended all collection agencies to close for the duration of the directive.

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