Mayor Goodman on coronavirus-related closures, ‘we need our businesses to operate’

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Mayor of the City of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman made a statement in the Las Vegas City Council meeting Wednesday in response to coronavirus-related closures that were announced Tuesday by Gov. Steve Sisolak.

In a public statement made to fellow city councilmembers at a City of Las Vegas live-streamed city council meeting, she made clear and emphasized that residents follow the national mandates from President Trump and Gov. Steve Sisolak.

Goodman said that shutting down businesses longer than a week or two would have damage that could last for a lengthy time.

“So many, working in the hospitality industry (more than likely in big hotels) … and also those mom & pop small, privately-owned businesses —these are most definitely at the greatest risk…they cannot survive any lengthy shutdown…thus my full out efforts will be focused on keeping as many of our people as possible, employed and asking the governor to shorten the projected shutdown. ”

Mayor Carolyn Goodman

“Please take advantage of lifting this mandate. We need our businesses to operate,” said Mayor Carolyn Goodman, requesting that Gov. Sisolak shorten the projected shutdown in a public comment to city councilmembers.

She referenced how in the last 20 years valley residents have survived other viruses:

“Know the facts:  in the past 20 years alone and without any shutdown: we have survived the west nile virus in 2002; sars in 2004; the bird flu in 2005, 2006 ecoli; 2009 swine flu; 2014 ebola; 2016 zika virus, and annually “the general flu”  and we’re still here!

Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Mayor Goodman then brought out an attorney who asked for city council members to support the mayor in her plea to the governor for a shortened shut down.

“Please governor, we need to be able to live our lives, support our families… and yes, keep Nevada strong together…but we can’t do that if we are house-bound unable to work for such a lengthy time. Please be assured that the City of Las Vegas and our staff will continue to do our expected duties with vigor and determination for the people of Las Vegas and Nevada.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman

Updates on the City of Las Vegas’ response to coronavirus can be found on their blog. The blog will include the latest information from the city, including an updated list of closures and postponed events and programs.

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