LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Labor Day weekend is coming up, so during his news conference Monday, Governor Steve Sisolak used that time remind Nevadans to remember that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, so everyone needs to remain vigilant.
The governor said this is not the time to let up on safety guidelines.
“Don’t have a barbecue in your backyard with 50 or 100 of your closest friends where they are all going to congregate. Try to keep your gatherings small, Sisolak said.
Normally, labor day weekend is filled with picnics, parades, and family get-togethers, but because of the coronavirus, things are looking different for people like Bustam Tomy and his family.
Tomy says they’re erring on the side of caution, so they’re not planning a large picnic as they have in years past.
“Maybe another family or two, that’s about it,” Tomy said. “Not a big group barbecue or picnic, where you have 20 families together.”
Healthcare workers are also urging the public to stay firm on safety steps such as wearing masks, social distancing, and thoroughly washing your hands.
8 News Now Reporter Kate Houston spoke to a local doctor, who says it doesn’t take much for COVID-19 to spread and spread quickly.
Health professionals say there was an increase in cases after the 4th of July.
“There definitely was a bump in COVID-19 cases after July fourth,” said Dr. David Hart, Mountain View Hospital. “Probably because of people getting together, more than they were before.”
Although they’re doing okay right now, Dr. Hart says he doesn’t want the hospital to get overwhelmed because people are not taking safety guidelines seriously.
“I understand that it would be really hard to have people come into your home and not hug them, not doing the normal things, not sharing out of the same salsa bowl and things like that, Dr. Hart said. “Nevertheless, the virus is still out there.”
Ahead of the holiday weekend, the Southern Nevada Health District is stressing the importance of wearing a face covering, remaining distance, and just staying home if possible.
The CDC has new in-depth guidelines for hosting a gathering or cookout during the pandemic. It suggests arranging chairs outside to allow for social distancing, limiting the number of people serving food, and keeping a guest list for potential contact tracing.