UPDATE (March 24):Clark County said its Department of Business License enforcement visited 71 locations since March 21, resulting in 12 that were suspended.
Three businesses were cited for operating without a business license.
The names of the businesses were not provided.
ORIGINAL REPORT (March 23):LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — Las Vegas police said the compliance team visited 113 businesses since all that were deemed nonessential were ordered by Gov. Steve Sisolak to close down by midnight Friday.
In a media release, police said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Investigation Section served 36 warning letters, seven suspensions and four citations to nonessential businesses in the area that were not complying with the Declaration of Emergency order.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Special. Investigation Section teamed up with Clark County Business License agents this weekend for non-essential area businesses that were not complying with state orders to shut down.#VegasSafe#StayHomeNevada@ClarkCountyNV pic.twitter.com/7cwcPsIGs1
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) March 24, 2020
The seven suspensions resulted in forced shutdowns of businesses that wouldn’t voluntarily close, police said.
Police asked anyone questioning if a business is essential or nonessential to refer to the listing by the Nevada Health Response. Anyone who wishes to report a non-complaint business is asked to call the non-emergency 3-1-1 line.
The City of Las Vegas on Monday said it would pursue action against non-compliant nonessential businesses under the state’s public nuisance statute.
In a short statement, city spokesperson Jace Radke said Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers will enforce the closures of businesses deemed nonessential, established in a Clark County Commission meeting late Friday night.
The City Attorney’s Office will then pursue a criminal complaint or civil complaint based on the statute. The criminal option would result in a misdemeanor, while the civil option would secure a temporary restraining order to closre the business more quickly, Radke said.
In addition to this, Radke said the city is taking additional measures
- A 60-day grace period for business license renewals with due dates of March 1 or April 1
- Options to close general or privileged licenses and no cost to reinstate them
- A liquor license option to pay a reduced fee during the temporary closure
- A gaming license option to pay a reduced fee during the temporary closure
- An ongoing acceptance of applications during this time