Coronavirus Closures

In reference to our previous post regarding Board closure of The Club at Town Center on the basis that “the City of Reno has ordered that non-essential businesses must close at 10 am on Tuesday, March 17, 2020”, perhaps needs some clarification. A Reno City news release on 03/16/2010 states:

“As a follow up to the City of Reno’s emergency declaration on Friday, Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve is ordering temporary mandatory closures of bars, nightclubs, gyms and restaurants (except takeout/delivery/drive through and pick up services) in the city until April 5 unless extended. Schieve made the announcement during a press conference held earlier today at Reno City Hall.

Those businesses should begin the process of winding down operations starting tomorrow, with the goal of closing by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

‘I know there was some confusion around the announcement, so I just want to clarify that these are businesses where groups of people tend to congregate,” Schieve said. ‘Let me also clarify that all businesses are essential. I am simply trying to limit areas of high-exposure risk’…………”

A complete transcript of this news release, along with other releases, may be accessed via the following link:

Note that in the above news release there is no reference to other “non-essential businesses” or retail outlets being affected. Additionally, the Washoe County Health District issued the following statement:

“Reno, Nev. March 16, 2020. Washoe County, the Washoe County Health District (WCHD) and the City of Sparks seek to clarify a recent statement by the City of Reno regarding a mandatory order to close bars, nightclubs, gyms and restaurants (not including takeout/delivery/drive through or pickup services) through April 5.

At this time, the Washoe County Health District has no mandate to close any establishments in Washoe County. The Health District supports business closures and cancelation of large public events to reduce risk of transmission of COVID-19, but it is not mandatory at this time.

Additionally, the jurisdictions of Washoe County and the City of Sparks have not made a decision to close any businesses at this time due to COVID-19.

For updated news on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in Washoe County, visit the Washoe County Health District website, a good source of information,  at:

Note that SU is not questioning closure of the TCTC by the Board if they believe it prudent to limit risk to the community, certainly its closure will have no significant impact on the community at large.

SU would also like the thank those Sierra Canyon commenters who have provided information with regard to the Aspen Lodge closure.

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