Governor Steve Sisolak made it clear during Monday’s news conference that his patience for business owners who aren’t following the Covid-19 rules are going to get a rude awakening – fines or even business closures. Governor Sisolak says there are still many business owners who have resisted rules about patrons wearing face masks, 6 foot distancing, mandatory hand-washing and allowing only 50% of their legal limit for customers while sanitizing their facilities during normal hours and following up after they close. Sisolak said “We’re five months into the Covid-19 Pandemic which is plenty of time for business owners to know what they CAN do vs. what they CAN’T do. And inspectors will not be shy about writing violation tickets or even shutting down businesses that have a habit of ignoring state law. Governor Sisolak added that it will require cooperation from every Nevadan to fight the pandemic – to squeeze it down to where it is no longer a lethal threat to our friends, families and fellow Nevadans.
Governor Sisolak said the state’s business inspectors are closely monitoring popular establishments that are known to serve their patrons well. Governor Sisolak says there’s no law against having a good time – but there is a law that limits how many people can inhabit any given business at any given time.
Governor Sisolak announced that Nevada’s initial high ranking for Covid-19 infection has improved nearly 50% but he wants to see it lower. And, that wearing a mask, keeping a six foot distance between customers as well as sanitation against the virus is critically important. Those businesses that don’t cooperate risk losing – in a big way.
Governor Sisolak went on to comment on other publicly frequented businesses and services. He also mentioned churches that were recently ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to limit the number of church-go’ers to 50 patrons at a time. FIFTY. The high court didn’t elaborate on why they selected the limit of 50, but many observers suspect that church-go’ers, who are known to be very supportive and loving of their friends and neighbors – lots of hugs – even kisses – along with singing loudly – are very likely to cause further Covid-19 outbreaks – not only in their churches but taking it home to their families, neighbors and friends.
On the subject of “Voting By Mail” Governor Sisolak says this week the Nevada Legislature will begin to take up the issue. The Governor said there has been a lot of controversy over allegations that “Vote-By-Mail” is a sinister plot to corrupt the vote counts. But Governor Sisolak mirrored the statements of postal experts, and the public at large, that voting-by-mail is a secure and reliable method for mailing a ballot. You’re also not exposed to the Covid-19 Virus while waiting for hours in line to fill-out and then turn-in their ballot. Here’s one report about the popularity of Mail-In-Ballots:
|Gallup, April 14-28|
Clearly, fierce opposition to mail-in ballots lies overwhelmingly with Republicans. Many Democratic Party leaders and independent “poll marshals” contend that there may be a tiny amount of voter fraud – but in no way has it been enough to corrupt an election. Democrats contend there has never been any proof that voter fraud, using bogus mail-in-ballots, has ever changed the outcome of a presidential election, nor has any opposing party ever proved that such corrupt actions ever kidnapped any election. Yet our current President claims otherwise, saying “there’s always a first time,” without providing any proof.
As far as the Covid-19’s impact on other areas, Governor Sisolak says Nevada’s 18 public school districts are acting independently trying to customize their own unique “back-to-school” management program – one that maximizes education with minimal threat from the virus. Various approaches involve rotating two groups of students through the week so that classroom capacities are cut in half. Students still perform an additional two to three more days of school-work at home. Meanwhile the third group of students study their own course-work Monday through Friday at home (depending on their parents, of course). Bus routes will also be modified to accommodate the new arrangement.
In short, it’ll be a four day week for most students and 100% home-schooling for the rest. We’ll see what the Carson City School Board decides.
By the way, from the looks of things, a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus, which disrupts more than just schools, won’t be widely available until late Winter or early Spring. It means Carson City’s “hybrid” school schedule will likely continue through the first half of 2021. So, “Back To Normal” probably won’t arrive until August of next year.
Oh…by the way…all school sports are postponed until next Spring, hoping that the Covid-19 vaccine arrives before then.
And finally, Governor Sisolak says there’s a large amount of federal grant funding for families who need money for rent, mortgages and food. Republicans are offering their own “lower amount” versions. The next few weeks in Washington DC will get very, very interesting.