Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell in Carson City, Nev., on Friday, July 9, 2016.
Photo by Cathleen Allison/Nevada Momentum
I don’t need to tell anyone reading this that these are difficult
times, to say the least, and it will require the continued collective effort of
all of us to ensure the health of our community and to safely reopen our Carson
City economy. Make no mistake, your efforts are making a positive difference.
On behalf of the community of Carson City, I want to take this
opportunity to thank our citizens and businesses for your diligence in staying
home and practicing social distancing in order to achieve Phase 1 for the
reopening of Carson City and the state of Nevada. I especially want to
thank our Carson City employees, fire and police, and our dedicated health care
professionals who continued to work through the shutdown, sometimes at great
risk to their health and safety.
As many are aware, on May 7, Gov. Sisolak announced the release of
Declaration of Emergency Directive #018, initiating the reopening of businesses
in accordance with the adoption of procedures compiled based on guidance from
the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, Nevada OSHA
and other relevant agencies.
The Phase 1 standards require occupancy limitations, 6 feet of
social distancing, continuous sanitization of regularly used equipment,
personal protective equipment for employees and other requirements for
non-essential businesses to open or continue operations during Phase 1. The
Industry Specific Guidance and General Guidance documents are available online
These health and safety practices are essential for our community
to proceed on the road ahead. Carson City will follow the statewide
guidance rather than enacting local guidelines incorporating additional
requirements. If you have specific questions about occupancy limits,
please call Carson City Fire Department at 775-887-2210 or e-mail James
Wentworth with the Carson City Building Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. For any
health related or testing questions, please call Carson City Health and Human
Services at 775-283-4789.
In order to meet the state requirements, many of our local
businesses have adjusted their operations to offer curbside pickup, delivery
and arranging appointments for services. Local businesses have devoted
many hours altering their facilities, training employees and adjusting
schedules. Our community relies heavily on the commitment of these
businesses adhering to safety practices. And while they creatively plan for
ways to serve their customers, I want to remind us all that we, as neighbors,
family, friends and other communities, need to remain diligent in our efforts
to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
I encourage Carson City residents to support our local businesses
as they make their way through this transition; however, please maintain social
distancing and wear face coverings while in public areas. It is critical
for individuals to be motivated to protect one another from exposure. Those
wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing are doing so with
consideration not only to their own health but the health of others. This
honorable exercise of caution will place us on a favorable trajectory. Those
who are vulnerable should continue to stay home. Additionally, please be
patient while receiving services as businesses are responding to the new
guidelines with great urgency.
I am also pleased to announce that Carson City public offices are
implementing appropriate measures to reopen to the public. City offices
are implementing the same standards as Carson City’s businesses. City
facilities have installed plexiglass coverings, employees will be routinely
cleaning and disinfecting workspace areas and equipment. Our employees are
committed to keeping citizens safe by encouraging social distancing whenever
possible. Carson City employees who will be engaging with the public will
be wearing face coverings and we ask that the public do the same. Shortly,
we will be announcing office hours and any restrictions.
Once again, thank all of you for the efforts you have made during
this unprecedented time. As a city, we have faced economic challenges
before. Together, working as one community and in one direction, we will
restore Carson City to the community we all love and are proud to call home!
Stay strong, Carson City!