LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Mayor Carolyn Goodman is doubling, now tripling down on how important she thinks it is for the Las Vegas hotels, casinos, and other non-essentially characterized businesses to open up during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Mayor Goodman repeatedly called for the city’s businesses to reopen but did not provide any social distancing guidelines on how to do so safely.
Anderson Cooper: “So you don’t believe there should be any social distancing? You don’t believe that this is uhh…”
Mayor Carolyn Goodman: “Of course, it should be! Of course! I’m a rational…”
Anderson Cooper: “Well, how do you do that in the casinos?”
Mayor Carolyn Goodman: “That’s up to them to figure it out. I don’t own a casino. I don’t know anything about building a casino.”
This was just the latest interview since the Mayor Goodman first sounded off about how she felt about Gov. Steve Sisolak’s directive to close non-essential businesses in Nevada. Just last week, she also called for those businesses closed by the governor’s order to be reopened.
And at a Las Vegas City Council meeting, Goodman said, “This shutdown has become one of total insanity in my opinion for there is no backup of data as to why we are shutdown from the start, no plan in place how to move through the shutdown or how even to come out of it.”
But it was Mayor Goodman’s interview with Cooper on Wednesday that took social media by storm.
“I want everything back. We never closed down the United States. We’ve never closed down Nevada. We’ve never closed down Las Vegas because that’s our job. Entertainment capital of the world where everything is clean,” Goodman said. “We would never have gotten to the point we are now as the center for entertainment, conventions, and sports and everything else so positive without being clean.”
On Wednesday, Las Vegas was actually trending on Twitter because of Mayor Goodman’s interview with Anderson Cooper. Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who’s from Las Vegas, also sounded off.
Below are some of the tweets in response to the interview on Twitter:
Mayor Goodman, who’s politically independent, suggested that “viruses for years have been here” and said that she had suggested that the residents of Las Vegas become “a control group” to see how relaxing closures and restrictions would affect the city.
“I offered to be a control group and I was told by our statistician you can’t do that because people from all parts of southern Nevada come in to work in the city,” Goodman said. “We would love to be that placebo side so you have something to measure against.”
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On Tuesday, Gov. Sisolak reiterated his directive for the continued closure of non-essential businesses, but he also said that casino owners are working together on coming up with a plan on how to protect their customers when they eventually do reopen.
According to CNN, the stay-at-home orders has been a crucial part of declining reports of new cases for 14 consecutive days. Gov. Sisolak described the state as being in “phase zero” on Tuesday. He did not give a date on when to expect reopenings to begin.