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Local business reacts to influx of California visitors

Local business reacts to influx of California visitors
Local business reacts to influx of California visitors(Abel Garcia)
Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 11:38 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Tuesday, June 1, marked the first day of businesses in Nevada operating at 100-percent capacity, and people who are fully vaccinated no longer have to worry about wearing masks.

With these new guidelines, businesses have received an influx of California visitors. California is expected to fully reopen on June 15 but for some, it’s too long of a wait.

Susan Dewey who visited Reno from California said being safe on her own terms and enjoying a drink is music to her ears. She spent a good portion of this pandemic in Santa Cruz, California where she said guidelines and restrictions were a burden.

“We have been sequestered for so long it’s an odd feeling, but it’s good to be back,” said Dewey.

The new guidelines have been a bit nerve-wracking for her and her partner. She said it feels great to experience a sense of normalcy, while back at home she can’t say the same. Her favorite part about coming out to Reno is seeing businesses succeeding again.

Brent Ross, Manager at The Brewer’s Cabinet said this situation has been a blessing in disguise. Ross said with California planning to is reopen its economy at a later date many people are having a hard time waiting.

“We have been seeing a massive increase in California IDs and out-of-state IDs, but mostly California,” Ross said.

This has helped them generate more profit. Ross said the struggle to get back to where they were before the pandemic isn’t over, but the visitors from California have made it easier.

“They are just so unbelievably happy and excited, they don’t feel the stress and they don’t feel the pressure what their struggle is who’s doing what and how they are doing it,” Ross said.

Nevada is open once again, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be on high alert. Protect yourself and those around you to help our neighboring states get back on track.

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