Governor Steve Sisolak Wednesday evening threw down the gauntlet – “When you’re away from home, WEAR YOUR FACECOVERING. IT WILL BE THE LAW STARTING at 11:59pm THURSDAY NIGHT!!”
During a Wednesday evening news conference Governor Sisolak told every Nevadan to wear their facecovering when they’re away from home – inside or outside buildings – whether a business, restaurant, bar or casino – or anyplace else for that matter.
But there were certain exemptions such as:
– Children under the age of 9,
– The homeless,
— Anyone who obtains a service that would require removal of the mask to access their face or nose,
— Individuals at a restaurant or other establishment to eat or drink, provided they are at least six feet away from other patrons
— Anyone engaged in outdoor work or recreational activities, such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling or running.
Governor Sisolak said Nevada is seeing an uptick in new Covid-19 cases most of which are the result of people not wearing facecoverings which must cover your mouth AND your nose. Governor Sisolak said it’s not just a good idea, it’s the only way that Nevada can reverse the rate of infection that is currently on the rise in our state. As mentioned above, children between the ages of 2 to 9 are exempt. But it doesn’t hurt for them to wear some kind of facial covering as well.
Governor Sisolak said the virus rate in the U.S. remains high because it simply didn’t enact new rules and laws that could have limited the virus to isolated areas. Instead, it’s all over the country and growing every day. The Governor emphatically warned that without such face covering mandates, the virus will take over. “Face Coverings are a mandate,” he said. If we can get 80% of Nevadans to use their face coverings, we can beat the virus rather quickly.
Sisolak touched on the topic of a second wave of Covid-19 infections. Disease experts say a second wave of the virus is expected during mid-to-summer’s end. If everybody wears facecoverings the wave will be small instead of enormous. Sisolak said Nevada is highly dependent on tourism and tourists will be deciding on where they think it’s safe to visit. Tourist destinations that aren’t so committed to face coverings will see their infection rates high enough to scare off tourists.
Governor Sisolak re-emphasized that “We’re all in this together, and together we’ll recover when we beat the virus. It’s just going to take some time and self-discipline.”
Governor Sisolak also mentioned that he wants to see at least “95% face covering compliance” among Nevada businesses. Those businesses that don’t comply can and will be fined. Maybe even shut down. But he says he doesn’t want it to come to that. He reminded everyone that there’s no way out of our dilemma unless we all participate as a team against the virus.
Governor Sisolak says contact tracing – figuring out who got the virus from who – is in full swing in Nevada. “Through testing and tracing suspected carriers,” Sisolak says, “we can beat the Covid-19 Virus with the least impact to Nevadans and to our economy.”
But Governor Sisolak also outlined the big drop in tax revenues due to the virus – over one billion dollars from the state budget. He said depending on how vigorously and consistently we all wear our face coverings the better it’ll be for the state budget and all Nevadans including those who vacation in our state.