Sin City Has Been ‘Stripped’ Of All Its Sins As It Looks To Get Back To The Party
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak made the announcement on Tuesday, April 13, saying the entire state is on track to be at full capacity by that date.
“We are aware that some counties may make the decision to move to 100% capacity as early as May 1 when they gain the authority — and others may not,” he said. “Each county in Nevada is unique and two of seven have different factors to consider – rural or urban settings, community transmission rates in the area, and vaccine administration, among a few.”
However, as with just about every announced and projected re-opening, this is tentative. It depends on the coronavirus situation in each county and that includes Clarke County, home of Las Vegas.
At the time of the governor’s announcement Nevada’s COVID-19 positivity rate was 5.2% over a 14-day period and Sisolak said 40% of Nevadans over the age of 16 have started the vaccination process. Approximately 25% are fully vaccinated.
“I wish I could give all Nevadans an exact timeline as to when we can tuck away our masks – but public health officials made it clear that in order to reach our goal of reopening on June 1, we must make sure Nevadans stay masked. It would be irresponsible for me as your Governor to ignore that advice. Additionally, it’s a common sense bargain – if we all continue to wear masks, it will help ensure we can reopen our state by June 1,” Sisolak said.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, however, questioned the timing of the announcement when she said, “I am so happy for Nevadans who are eager to get back to work, to school and on with their lives, and to welcome tourists back to our fabulous city.
“The timing is curious though, and the governor’s speech sounds so much like other governors trying to hold onto their seats, one must wonder if these decisions are-or ever were—more about science or about politics.”