Governor Sisolak signs emergency directive to order non-essential businesses to close

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For Customers:
The Community Development Department is adjusting its processes and procedures in response to COVID-19. The changes allow business operations to continue for customers without requiring face-to-face interactions. Read this information for how these changes may impact you if you normally do business with the Community Development Department.

For Businesses:
Per the Nevada Health Response COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Initiative, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to temporarily close to the public until April 16, 2020. Read this guide for additional information on operational restrictions and mandatory closures for certain types of businesses. The latest information will be available at Reno.Gov/COVID19.

In an effort to provide relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 business restrictions, the City of Reno is extending the time for businesses to pay their license fees. The deadline for any business license fees due between March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020 may be extended 30 days. Any other business that has been unable to pay fees due to the COVID-19 state of emergency may request an extension on a case by case basis. If you have questions, please call 775-334-2090 or email Due to high call volume, please leave a voicemail and a staff member will call you back as soon as possible. 


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City of Reno hosts Historic Marker unveiling

Post Date:08/21/2019 4:52 PM
The City of Reno is proud to unveil the first Historic Marker in the Historical Resources Commission's new marker program. The public and media are invited to an unveiling event on Thursday, August 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. at 236 North Virginia Street in Reno. The marker is a tribute to Harold's Club.

“As we move forward as a city and community, these nostalgic reminders of the past become all the more important,” said Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus, also the Council liaison to the Historical Resources Commission. “It is paramount that we continue to preserve our history and find these opportunities to commemorate where we came from.”

History of Harold’s Club

The opening of Harold’s Club on Virginia Street in 1935 by the Smith family changed the face of Reno and helped usher in the modern age of gaming in Nevada. With an emphasis on customer service and its innovative marketing — which included women dealers and its 2,300 “Harold’s Club or Bust” billboards spread across the country — Harold's brought gaming to the forefront and made Reno a destination.

Along with neighboring casinos, Harold’s also lobbied for a regulatory body to ensure respectability and accountability in casino operations. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (1955) and Nevada Gaming Commission (1959) were the result, setting a model for the country.
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