‘It was just so eerie,’ business owners, tourists reflect on Las Vegas Strip COVID-19 shutdown 3 years later

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Friday marked 3 years since the Las Vegas Strip shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions, as former Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak ordered all non-essential businesses to close.

On St. Patrick’s Day this year, people piled into Southern Nevada mean, green, and ready to party.

“To see everyone out and about,” tourist Wayne Eaglin said. “Getting their Irish on.”

However, exactly 3 years ago on March 17, 2020, the world painted a much different picture as COVID-19 restrictions turned the normally bustling Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street into a ghost town.

“It was just so eerie,” Eaglin recalled.

“It was very surreal and almost creepy,” local restaurant owner Kim Owens recalled. “To see all of the buildings down here boarded up and no vibrancy at all.”

Owens opened her Downtown restaurant Main St. Provisions just a few months after the shutdowns and she said the stress and restrictions made the process anything but easy.

“25% capacity, six feet in between tables,” Owens explained. “Limit of four guests per table.”

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