The mayor of Las Vegas has opposed the 30-day closure of casinos and other secondary actions as part of measures taken by Governor Steve Sisolak to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said that her city should be allowed to open restaurants, entertainment, casinos and sports bets, as its economy is highly dependent on tourism and on the 40 million people who visit the city and the above facilities every year.
Mayor Goodman, who is serving her third term, said on Friday during her speech to the Las Vegas City Council that she believes that Governor Sisolak should halve state closure by half, because they cannot survive the complete closure of the economy in the coming weeks or two.
The head of Las Vegas also noted that more than 2.2 million people who live from paycheck to paycheck and are heavily dependent on casinos and other businesses that have been ordered to close in the face of the global Covid-19 crisis.
The number of coronavirus cases has reached 154 in Nevada with two recorded deaths. Almost all patients who had positive tests for the highly contagious virus stay in the Las Vegas area.
On Friday, Governor Sisolak resolutely reacted to Mayor Goodman. He said that people’s will always be more important to him than erroneous economic benefits that the State get by shortening this period of isolation or expecting another day to become serious. Then he added that he did not ask to close the business in Las Vegas, but rather told them that they should close their doors, or they would face consequences.
Governor Sisolak called on elected officials throughout Nevada to “understand the gravity of the situation they are facing to and become a part of the solution”.
According to the American Gaming Association, the 30-day closure in Nevada will result in a loss of economic activity of $ 4.7 billion. The closure of gambling establishments has left more than 205,000 employees unemployed across the state.
While some casino operators said they would pay workers during the closing period, others indicated that there would be defaults and layoffs.
Not all elected officials in Nevada protested against the harsh measures of the Sisolak government connected with the spread of coronavirus. Mayor Renault Hillary Shive called for a 30-day closure of secondary enterprises before Governor Sisolak ordered the closure of the entire state.