Gaming Control files complaint against Carson City bar over masks


The Gaming Control Board has filed a new complaint against a Carson City bar, The Timbers, charging violation of the mandatory mask and social distancing requirements imposed by Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Gaming Control Board.
The complaint dated Aug. 9 was filed against Timbers owner Bette Larsen.
After receiving a tip, gaming control agents visited the Timbers at 9 p.m., May 5 and reported between 20 and 30 patrons not wearing masks and not practicing social distancing. The three employees behind the bar also were not wearing masks.
It is her second violation in a year. The first complaint was filed in October 2020 for unmasked patrons and employees. That was settled by a November 2020 agreement that included a $5,000 fine and requiring the violations be corrected.
Because this is the second violation, Gaming Control is recommending a $10,000 fine. The Nevada Gaming Commission will set the penalty for any violations at an upcoming hearing. But the commission could take action against her gaming license.
The complaint also charges several violations related to her ownership of the bar including transferring ownership to a limited liability corporation without permission.
The Timbers is a longtime Carson City watering hole just a couple blocks south of the Legislature. Larsen purchased the property in 2007 but it has been in operation for decades. It currently holds a restricted gaming license for bar-top gaming machines.

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