LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak signed an emergency directive Friday to legally order the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state beginning midnight tonight.
If in violation of the signed directive, state and local law enforcement may intervene after a citation is issued, Sisolak said in a Facebook Live address Friday.
"I am your governor and I want the best for each and every one of you," Sisolak said. "If home means Nevada to you, stay home for Nevada," Sisolak said.
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This is the third directive Sisolak has issued since declaring a state of emergency March 12 and ordering all gaming facilities shut their doors March 17.
"Previously, I asked nonessential businesses to close their doors to the public. I am no longer asking them to do that,” Sisolak said. "I am directing all non-essential businesses to close. I repeat. If you are NOT an essential business, I am using my power as Governor under an emergency declaration to order you to close. I am signing a new emergency directive, the third I’ve signed since declaring a state of emergency."
Sisolak pleaded with Nevadans to stay home to mitigate the spread of the virus and detailed updates about federal support queries.
"Despite countless calls and around-the-clock work to push for, and even beg, the federal government for additional test kits and supplies, the NV Division of Public & Behavioral Health received a notice yesterday that all of Nevada’s requests to the federal government regarding drive-thru swab testing pods, swab test kits, and testing reagent kits are on an indefinite backlog without any estimate of a timeline for delivery," Sisolak said.
What happens if businesses are found in violation of the order?
"That will be up to state and local governments," Sisolak said. If acts become criminal, the judicial system will take over, the governor said.
What would you say to businesses that decide to remain open?
"I am not asking them anymore," Sisolak said. "I am telling them that if they do not close their doors, they will face the consequences."
How can people report nonessential businesses staying open?
"I hope it doesn't come to that," Sisolak said. However, DO NOT contact police.
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