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Retail Association of Nevada Releases Consumer Opinion and Behavior Survey on COVID-19

The Retail Association of Nevada released Wednesday the results of their statewide survey that measures consumer opinion and buying behaviors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

“While Nevadans are very concerned of COVID-19, they are generally supportive of how it has been handled to date, giving high marks to the local retailers who have worked tirelessly to keep grocery stores open and as many products available as possible,” said Bryan Wachter, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs of the Retail Association of Nevada. “We are beginning to see the financial impacts of COVID-19 and many Nevadans expect to earn less money and need to spend more over the coming weeks.”

The survey, conducted March 23, 2020, included nearly 400 Nevadans who reported full or part time employment as of March 1, 2020.

“After a frantic couple of weeks, we’re beginning to see some normalcy return to our grocery retailers as the supply chain has caught up and shelves are beginning to be refilled,” Wachter said. “We urge Nevadans to continue to be patient and flexible, and as products become available again, please buy only what you need so we can make sure there is product available for at-risk populations as well as those reliant on delivery services due to quarantines.”

Click to download the press release

Click to download the survey results


Retail Association of Nevada Responds to Governor Sisolak’s Directive

In response to Governor Sisolak’s directive for non-essential businesses to close, Retail Association of Nevada issued the following statement:

“All we can say is ‘thank you’ to the non-essential Nevada businesses that are closing their doors tonight,” said Bryan Wachter, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs of the Retail Association of Nevada. “These businesses are making the ultimate sacrifice to protect our communities, and when COVID-19 has slowed and the recovery begins, we will owe them a debt of gratitude to help them stand back up on the other side. In the meantime, stay home to help the COVID-19 threat pass, and look for other ways to support businesses within the Governor’s Directive, including curbside pickup, order take out from restaurants, purchase gift certificates for future use and shop online.”

March 20 – Governor Sisolak Declaration of Emergency – Directive #3

Emergency Regulations


RAN Urges Consumers to Support Grocery Stores and Pharmacies
By Staying Home As Much As Possible

There is a lot of information going around, so we wanted to create a list of things that you can do to help local businesses.

NOTE: It is critical that we give our essential businesses room to work, so if you don’t need groceries or pharmacies, please stay home to lower risks of transmission to their staff and fellow customers, and give them time to clean and restock stores.

If you have enough supplies and can stay away from grocery stores, it will help the consumers who haven’t been able to complete their shopping as well as at-risk populations who need to avoid crowds.

Things you can do to support all local businesses:

  • Be patient – retailers are understaffed and working hard to keep stores safe, stocked and staffed
  • Be flexible – you may need to be creative with your recipes, but more products are coming in every day
  • Be gracious – if you need to visit a retail store, smile and say thank you. You have no idea how much that may brighten the day of someone who is away from their family to keep food and supplies available
  • Give a shout out – is a retail employee or store going above and beyond? Leave a review, share social shout out, and use hashtag #ThankYouRetailWorkers
  • Don’t over purchase – only purchase enough for two weeks rather than multiple months to reduce shortages and make sure there’s enough for everyone
  • Support our at-risk populations by allowing them to shop during designated hours for lower risks
  • Wash your hands before/during shopping to keep you healthy but also to keep our retail employees healthy
  • Stay home as much as possible – there are many home entertainment options that are free or at reduced price during the outbreak
  • Order takeout – support our local restaurants as well as help support the local employees of chains that are offering delivery and take-out
  • Buy gift cards for local businesses to help give them liquidity to stay in business through and after the outbreak
  • Shop local online – many specialty retailers also have websites or Etsy stores and can ship or deliver products to you
  • Use Curbside Pickup – place your orders online and have them delivered to your vehicle rather than entering stores whenever possible

Click here to read the full press release from RAN


Additional Guidance from Governor’s Office


Essential services and sectors include, but are not limited to:

  • Fire services, law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services & public safety agencies
  • Healthcare services
  • Businesses or organizations that provide food, shelter, or critical social services for disadvantaged populations
  • Utilities as defined in NRS Chapter 704
  • Trash collection
  • Home repair services
  • Auto repair services & trucking service centers
  • Grocery stores, supermarkets, hardware stores, convenience & discount stores
  • Pharmacies, healthcare operations, & biomedical facilities
  • Post offices & shipping outlets
  • Gas stations & truck stops
  • Banks & financial institutions
  • Veterinary clinics & pet stores
  • Laundromats & dry cleaners
  • Food processing
  • Agriculture, livestock & feed mills
  • Logistics & Supply Chain Operations: Warehousing, storage, distribution, and supply-chain related operations
  • Public transportation
  • Essential stays in hotels, commercial lodging, dormitories, shelters, and homeless encampments
  • Child care centers and daycares operating in accordance with requirements set forth by their licensing authorities and COVID-19 guidance

Non-essential services and sectors include, but are not limited to:

  • Entertainment & hospitality, including but not limited to strip clubs and brothels, casinos, concert venues, arenas, auditoriums, stadiums, large conference rooms, meeting halls, and cafeterias
  • Recreation and athletic facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers, gyms, health clubs, fitness centers, yoga, barre and spin facilities
  • Beauty and personal care services and facilities, including but not limited to barber shops, beauty, tanning, waxing hair salons, and nail salons and spas
  • Retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations. Retailers are encouraged to continue online operations with pickup and delivery.


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