In a Sept. 30 mandate, Gov. Sisolak increased the limit on gatherings from 50 to 250 people, or 50 percent of capacity, allowing many Reno bars and clubs to resume live entertainment.
Photographer Eric Marks visited a few local nightlife spots to find out what reopening looks like. He saw clubs making creative modifications like parking-lot seating, livestreaming DJ sets, and, yes, one intrepid open-mic host who covers the mic with a fresh sock for each performer.
This being 2020, things change quickly. Yesterday, we saw a new gathering limit from Washoe County of 50, and a recommendation of 25. Today, the City of Reno urged people to resume sheltering at home. Marks shot all of these photos in mid-October and observed that all of these venue operators were acting within the then-current guidelines.
Comedy Power Hour Open Mic host Norman Enlow prepares for a performance at The Office (formerly The Jungle) on First Street. Enlow hosts the event every Tuesday night and serves as audio technician and promoter. He said all the performers and the venue owner were being extremely respectful of safety guidelines, and he was very happy to be back to live performance. One of the creative safety precautions he employed was to cover the microphone with clean socks between performers.