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Las Vegas Mayor: "Open our city!"

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  1. MGMSpringfield

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    https://news3lv.com/news/local/las-...8uTipyhot-jI7PntUgYAsTs8QA44B-B_35s8vWUuN2oIo

    “This shutdown has become one of total insanity,” Mayor Carolyn Goodman said the day after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak declared he was nowhere near reopening parts of the state’s idled economy.

    “I am asking: Open the city. Open Clark County. Open the state,” said Goodman, reading a statement at the start of weekly City Council meeting convened amid social distancing advisories aimed at keeping groups of people from spreading the contagious virus.

    The number of people who have “tragically” died statewide from the COVID-19 respiratory illness represents less than one-half of 1% of the state’s more than 3 million people, the mayor said. Yet, she said the entire state has been brought to its knees.

    “For heaven’s sake,” Goodman said, “being closed is killing us already, and killing Las Vegas, our industry, our convention and tourism business that we have all worked so hard to build. The longer we wait to do this, the more impossible it will become to recover.”
     
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    I agree with Mayor Goodman, and do believe some politicians (Sisolak for example) have begun to savor their power over their Fiefdoms.
     
  3. MGMSpringfield

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    And I think she got that stat wrong.....or it was reported wrong.

    One half of 1 percent of 3 million people is 15,000. They've had 136 die. Not even close to 1/2 of 1 percent.
     
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    For what it's worth, I do think that Vegas being closed and isolated is at least part of why the infection rate is so low (though I'm admittedly not a scientist or a medical doctor, so there's a degree of speculation on my part there). I say this as a proud former New Yorker -- could you imagine if people from NYC suddenly descended on Vegas? As she points out, tourism and conventions are a huge part of the economy, and those are necessarily dependent on large, geographically-diverse crowds.
     
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    What would be their plan to deal with tourists who develop symptoms while are visiting? My friend’s coworker has been stuck in Florida for about 30 days now. Eleven or so of those days were in the hospital and the rest have been in a hotel that’s set up for patients who have nowhere to go. She still has a fever for a few hours each day so a doctor can’t clear her to leave
     
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    Cosmo balcony for 30 days sounds alright to me :)
     
  7. UCLA Girl

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    You wouldn’t have a choice. Off to somewhere in North Las Vegas you go. They sent her to one of those $55 a night motels. On a funny note, she said that there’s a group of men who continue to test positive even though they are showing no symptoms at all. They can’t leave until they have two negative tests.They all get together every afternoon and drink beer on lawn chairs in the parking lot.
     
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    Sorry to disagree, but she sounds ignorant. Even if she opened the city, what good would it do? Is she expecting bus loads of people? Is anyone here going to Vegas soon? Vegas is filthy on a normal day, last place I want to be right now!
     
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    Vegas is a very unique situation. It's a totally different animal compared to most places. Its success relies on people from all over the country and from all over the world. It involves putting thousands of people in a single complexes(hotels and casinos) and tens of thousands of people in relatively small areas(the strip and downtown). It's form of entertainment and financial success involves things(slot machines, cards, dice, chips, etc)that are touched and exposed to numerous different people continuously. It never closes, making thorough cleaning and sanitizing a huge challenge. And then there's the shows/showrooms, buffets, pools and clubs.

    Your local casinos(and other businesses) rely almost entirely on local patrons. If your area has "flattened the curve" and seen a large reduction in positive cases and deaths, it could be mostly safe to start opening things up again with precautions. Other areas may not be so fortunate and will have to do things differently than your area.

    Vegas cases and deaths may be comparatively low. And there's really only one reason for that.

    To put it in perspective: you live in a household with 3 or 4 or 5 people. None of you is infected. Does that mean you're good with your aunt and uncle from New York, or your brother and his family from Chicago, or your elderly grandma fron California getting on a plane, coming to your area, and staying with your family in your house?

    Vegas will most likely be one of the last places to get up and running again in any form.

    And I'm truly shocked at the number of people I see in Vegas groups online that would go tomorrow if it reopened with the situation still as it is in our country.
     
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    “ Rona”.... is a real party pooper. Lol. Thinking about the germ fest Vegas really is ... I do not know about anyone else but every time hubs and I go to Vegas, when we get home we get a cold. Now mind you, I do smoke and I probably smoke way too much when I’m there ... probably the cause for me but hubby does not, has never smoked ...perhaps it’s just “ vegas’ing” too much ... not enough sleep, not eating correctly or even at normal times, too much alcohol ... SAY WHAT??!! Lol sadly Vegas is the perfect spot for a nasty virus to thrive in :( I can imagine that if I lived there that I’d want it open too but dang it would suck to jump the gun , only to have to shut it down again.
     
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    Like mayor Goodman I want vegas to reopen but Vega isn’t like other cities. Lots of people can/will show up from all over potentially restarting infection. This shutdown has been devastating for the cities economy and the thousands that work in the gaming industry. People want instant results but the problem is whatever actions we take/don’t take won’t be evident for 2 or 3 weeks. I’d hate to see cases go on a second rise after declining. I do believe our distancing as a whole has helped. Obviously some areas are really hard hit like NYC and New Orleans but over all it could have been much worse.
     
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    Nevada is the 19th worst state in the country per capita with regards to infections right now. I wouldn't call that low myself.

    Minnesota is currently in 1st for that category! And has a 95% negative test rate! Cheers @TriggerMN , @MNSlotLover, @FilthyMcNasty! And any other MN people I missed!
     
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    I’m hoping the relatively low infection rate and deaths will result in our state reopening earlier than some others where the impact has been more significant. I think our Governor acting more quickly than others to shelter in place played a large part in this success. Also doesn’t hurt that we don’t have much population density outside of the twin cities.
     
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    This!
     
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    Huh, for some reason I thought it was lower than that. And that certainly doesn't account for people who were exposed during the time leading up to the shutdown, when the virus was certainly contagious but nobody was really showing symptoms, and then went back to wherever home is. All the more reason to not rush into this, at least for the Strip resorts.

    Believe me, this industry is my livelihood, and there's nothing I'd like more than to be up and running as soon as possible. But I also could imagine a lot of harm coming from moving too quickly.
     
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    Agreed. That said, in thinking about it more I agree with her to the extent that I'd like local places to start opening up again -- the Strip is one thing (and she has no jurisdiction over that anyway), as is the Fremont Street corridor, but local restaurants and stores are probably okay to get started pretty soon. "Tourist Vegas" is probably a ways off, though.
     
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    Worldometers data has Nevada as 32nd in cases. And death rate of 137 out 3 million people is about one-tenth of one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent.
     
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    Just a reminder to keep this thread on topic...
     
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    It's all looks on topic to me.

    The Mayors rational is that the shutdown is ridiculous, so I'd think people debating the for and against how bad it is in Nevada would all be on topic, no?
     
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    It's just a reminder since the COVID-19 thread was shut down.
     
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