Governor Steve Sisolak has put together a plan to bring all Nevada Counties into compliance when it comes to facemasks, public gatherings, distancing and handwashing. But the counties of Lyon, White Pine, Eureka and Elko said, in so many words….”Heck no. We’ve declared ourselves independent because we’re under an emergency. Therefore Governor Sisolak has no jurisdiction over how we handle the Covid-19 inside our own county boundaries.”
The counties declared their independence from the Governor based on what they believed – that in emergencies, the Governor has no control over them.
It didn’t take long for Governor Sisolak and Attorney General Aaron Ford to make a stern announcement that the four counties have no power to reject a statewide command stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic emergency. That’s a job for governors and attorneys general.
Later in the day it appeared that the four counties began to soften their claim that they had 100% power over themselves during an emergency. But state officials spent a big part of their day warning Lyon County and the others that they were not going to win this one.
This is an ongoing issue. It may not be quite over yet,