Six Northern Nevada businesses fined for not following COVID-19 rules

Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 5:15 PM PDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2020 at 5:03 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations announced Thursday that seven Nevada businesses – six of them in Northern Nevada – were fined a total of $56,609 for not following rules to limit the spread of COVID-19.

In addition to the citation, the businesses were warned that continued violations could result in the state shutting them down.

The specifics of the violations were not released.

“The citations were issued after officials observed noncompliance with one or more requirements of general and industry-specific guidance and directives during both the initial observation and a follow-up visit,” the Division of Industrial Relations said in a statement. “Employers were provided notice and a request for compliance during the first visit. Upon observation of ongoing non-compliance during a follow-up visit, a formal investigation was opened with the employer.”

The stores and the fines are:

RAC Guns & Ammo LLC 3030 Mill Street, Reno, NV 89502 $3,643

Winco Foods #17 2855 Northtowne Ln Reno, NV 89512 $7,374

Walmart Store #1648 3770 US Hwy 395 N. Carson City 89706 $8,675

Walmart Store #3408 3200 Market Street, Carson City, NV 89706 $8,675

The Home Depot #3312 921 Jacks Valley Road, Carson City, NV 89706 $8,675

Grocery Geeks, Inc. (dba Grocery Outlet) 7 Dayton Village Pkwy, Dayton NV 89403 $6,073

Walmart Neighborhood Market #5259 6151 West Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89108 $13,494

RAC Guns & Ammo had no immediate response but said it might respond later. The Home Depot and Grocery Outlet had no comment.. No one answered the telephone at the Winco.

Walmart issued this statement on Friday:

“Associates are required to wear masks during their workdays. In Nevada, we employ more than 15,000 associates statewide and are pleased with their cooperation regarding this decision. Actions by a small number of associates led to the citations, and we have taken appropriate steps toward correcting the matter.”

Walmart announced a policy nationwide to require masks for customers in its store.

Division of Industrial Relations officials visited 2,257 Nevada businesses to check with compliance on COVID-19 rules. As of July 15, the overall compliance rate for all business sectors statewide was 82 percent, with an 86 percent compliance rate in northern Nevada and 80 percent in the south.

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