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Follow up visits show more NV businesses in compliance with COVID rules

Eight citations being considered in Northern Nevada
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Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 4:07 PM PDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2020 at 2:20 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - New figures from the state’s Division of Industrial Relations show more Nevada businesses are now in compliance with rules to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The data was collected during follow up visits on Monday, July 13, 2020. OSHA officials found that 88 percent of the 73 businesses visited are now in compliance.

A total of 147 follow up visits have been conducted.

In a press release, officials said they had opened a formal investigation at locations where ongoing noncompliance was observed. As a result, nine citations are being considered, eight in northern Nevada and one in southern Nevada.

The names of the businesses issued citations will not be released until the investigations are formally closed, DIR officials said.

Officials also conducted 46 initial observations on Monday focusing on aquatic facilities, restaurants and gyms. Overall compliance was 87 percent statewide, 90 percent in southern Nevada, and 85 percent in northern Nevada. Findings of these initial visits include:

  • Gyms, 18 observations: 83 percent compliance
  • Restaurants, 12 observations: 92 percent compliance
  • Casino/hotel pools, 5 observations: 100 percent compliance
  • Other pools, 4 observations: 75 percent compliance
  • Water park, 1 observation: 100 percent compliance
  • Automobile sales/service, 1 observation: not in compliance
  • Other establishments, 5 observations: 100 percent compliance

Since observations began, 1,797 businesses have been surveyed showing a cumulative statewide compliance rate of 80 percent; 86 percent compliance in Northern Nevada and 74 percent compliance in Southern Nevada.

ORIGINAL STORY: Eighteen businesses that were previously not in compliance with rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 are now in compliance, Nevada OSHA officials said Saturday.

It was the second time Nevada OSHA had rechecked businesses that were not requiring masks or practicing social distancing, among other requirements.

On Thursday Nevada OSHA announced it had checked 56 businesses that were not in compliance and 50 of them had complied.

An investigation has been opened into the six locations that were not in compliance and citations may be issued.

Those businesses not in compliance were not identified Saturday.

“Follow up compliance visits will continue next week in locations where large numbers of people congregate for longer periods of time and establishments where initial compliance was low,” Nevada OSHA said in a statement.

Since observations began, 1,751 businesses have been surveyed showing a cumulative statewide compliance rate of 80 percent; 86 percent compliance in Northern Nevada and 74 percent compliance in Southern Nevada.

The state also conducted 187 observations on July 9 and July 10. It had these observations:

• Overall compliance, 187 observations: 87 percent statewide, 88 percent in the north and 87 percent in the south

• Restaurants, 92 observations: 85 percent compliance

• General retail, 38 observations: 90 percent compliance

• Convenience stores, 9 observations: 89 percent compliance

• Pools, 8 observations: 75 percent compliance

• Grocery stores, 7 observations: 100 percent compliance

• Water park, 1 observation: not in compliance

• All other business types[1], 32 observations: 94 percent compliance

Since mid-March, Nevada OSHA has issued 98 citations resulting from investigations into COVID-19 related workplace safety concerns. Of those, 44 citations have been issued to businesses located in Reno with an average penalty amount of $4,390. Fifty-four citations have been issued to businesses located in Las Vegas with an average penalty amount of $5,880.

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