LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Just days after Gov. Steve Sisolak warned about a possible surge in COVID-19 cases if precautions weren’t taken, the patrons who visited the Las Vegas Strip and downtown over the Labor Day weekend proved to be a mixed bag when it came to following the safety measures.
8 News NOW captured video Monday both on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown, and some visitors weren’t adhering to the COVID-19 precautions. They weren’t practicing social distance or wearing face masks.
“There’s a lot of partying; no covering on their faces,” said David Beal, Sr., visiting from California.
“Some people do wear them, some people don’t,” said Michael Avila, visiting from California.
And when it comes to social distancing, Enrique Baltazar, who’s visiting from California, said, “People don’t practice social distancing. I try to, but it’s hard.”
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“There’s people there hugging, [and] everything,” said Demauria Beal. “It’s no social distance. Vegas is just wild.”
Last week, concerned about another possible surge in COVID-19 cases, Governor Steve Sisolak pleaded with Nevadans and tourists to avoid large groups over the holiday weekend. Nevada has been considered a red zone for the coronavirus.
“Please help us get through this next weekend,” Sisolak said. “We had a major setback after Memorial Day weekend. We had another one after July. This is our third big one of the summer.”
David Beal, Sr. describes what probably has many flocking to Las Vegas. It’s something many can relate to: cabin fever.
“We just wanted to get out of the house, show the kids a little time,” David Beal, Sr. said. “We [have] been locked down for almost going on 4-6 months. We’re tired of it.”
The Beals were in Las Vegas trying to enjoy a family trip, but they say they’re still concerned about COVID-19.
“I can’t say I regret it, but I pray I don’t regret it. You know what I mean,” he asked? “It is what it is. Sometimes we can be vulnerable to catch the disease by being out here, yes, but we needed a break.”
Visitors 8 News NOW spoke with said a big draw this weekend was those Labor Day deals.