The Impact of Covid-19: Storey County Businesses Impacted Negatively
Editors Note: This article was updated on March 19th. The update is listed at the bottom of the article.
Storey County Commissioners declared a State of Emergency on March 17th, 2020 in response to the Covid-19 Virus that is gripping the universe.
Storey County has reported no cases of Covid-19. However, the Commissioners assure us it is only a matter of time before the virus visits us here in The Richest Place On Earth.
Residents and businesses will be able to access Federal assistance thanks to the Commissioner’s emergency action.
From her report on Bardeblog.com, Nicole Barde commented (screaming in all caps as is her style for her preamble):
JOE CURTIS AND THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM ARE WORKING TO MAKE SURE THE COUNTY HAS ALL OF THE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS FROM STATE AND FEDERAL SOURCES…..DRIVE-BY TESTING FACILITIES WILL BE SETTING UP IN CARSON AND RENO FOR OUR RESIDENTS TO ACCESS
TWO OUT OF THREE COMMISSIONERS ARE BOTH SILENT AND INVISIBLE DURING THIS CRISIS……NOT NEW SINCE THEY WERE RARELY SEEN OR HEARD FROM BEFORE THE CRISIS
IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR…. SOON WE WILL SEE AND HEAR FROM THE INVISIBLE COMMISSIONERS WHO WANT YOUR VOTES
You can read her full report here.
Not All Businesses Comply With The Order
Today I drove C Street and took inventory of the happenings. Businesses are closed up and down C Street. Restaurants like the Canvas Cafe and the Roasting House were open and delivering food to the curbside. They also observed the social distancing rules by reducing available tables. The Red Dog Saloon is closed on the inside but open on the outside. They serve take out orders at the curbside for take-home.
I met one merchant at the post office who told me he fully expected to go out of business if the shutdown lasted any longer than a couple of weeks. “I can’t pay my bills and feed my family in an actual ghost town. With literally zero income, I will have to close up and move on. I have no other choice.”
Commissioners Businesses are Open While Most Others Close
Meanwhile, Commissioner Marshall McBride’s Bucket of Blood had people sitting at the bar when I drove by, apparently ignoring the governor’s order to shut down. I did not get out of my car to see if the Bucket was actually open, but it had all the appearances of being open with the folks milling around outside smoking and sitting at the bar drinking. In fairness, they could have been employees or even McBride himself nursing his wounds. I didn’t have time to check the doors as I was en route to Carson City to purchase what turned out to be the last loaf of bread in Northern Nevada.
In his order, Governor Sisolak specifically identified brothels as non-essential businesses target for shutdown.
Commissioner Lance Gilman’s Mustang Ranch was open for business while practicing very up close and personal social distancing at 5:15 on Wednesday, March 18th. I called the Mustang and spoke with a cheery woman. She assured me the Mustang was open for business and would warm me up as only they could.
Invisible Commissioners Are More Equal Than You
All this leads me to wonder if George Orwell was on to something. In Animal Farm, Orwell observed: “All Animals are created equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
In Storey County, this appears to include invisible Commissioners ignoring the rules they expect you to follow while asking for your vote.
It’s an election year, folks.
Update: Facebook posters indicate the Bucket of Blood is closed. The Mustang Ranch sent out a press release (somehow The Teller is not on the list, go figure) saying they are closed for now:
“The health and safety of the women that work at the Mustang Ranch and our guests remains our foremost priority and we will work with local and state government to evaluate the need to close the Mustang Ranch for the full 30 days and make announcements regarding continue operations in the near future.”
It’s sunshine week. Nothing like a little sunshine to get elected officials to do the right thing…