RENO, Nev. (KOLO) – A Reno enterprise say it was compelled to shut attributable to confusion within the State’s COVID directive.
In the course of the pandemic, Press Begin Reno has needed to shut thrice. The newest closure got here late final week when Reno Code Enforcement informed proprietor John Simpson that he may solely run a bar or an arcade, not each on the similar time.
Earlier than the bars may reopen in Washoe County, Simpson opened the store for households to benefit from the arcade. However the brand new language within the state’s directive prevented him from working the bar and arcade collectively.
The language states, “All standing and open congregation areas in bars that aren’t mandatory for the preparation and repair of meals or drinks shall be closed. This contains, however just isn’t restricted to, billiards, card taking part in, pinball video games, video video games, arcade video games, darts, dancing, and standing.”
Simpson says when he solely had the arcade open, he misplaced cash. So, he wants each the bar and arcade to make a dwelling.
“Northern Nevada has finished a very good job diversifying away from gaming,” stated Simpson. We selected to not go the gaming route for that cause, to supply one thing completely different and not using a conventional bar tops with slot machines like of bar. Sadly, proper now we’re being punished for that call.”
The most important distinction between a bar with slot machines and a bar with an arcade – the previous is ruled by the Nevada Gaming Fee and the latter just isn’t.
Metropolis of Reno’s Alex Woodley, who’s the Assistant Director of Neighborhood Companies, says it’s unlucky they’re on this scenario.
“We would like enterprise homeowners to know that we completely perceive,” stated Woodley. “We will’t say that we all know what it appears like, however we do know the frustration and we hear you. We hearken to the enterprise homeowners and we would like them to have the ability to open. That is among the explanation why we advocated for reopening the bars.”
Woodley says the town and Washoe County shall be asking the COVID-19 Mitigation & Administration Activity Power to permit for Press Begin Reno to have the ability to function a bar with arcade video games.
Simpson says the town has been supportive, however he’s hoping one thing occurs earlier than the top of the month or he must shut for good.
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