Las Vegas' Mayor Wants Casinos Open & Says The Rest Is 'Up To Them To Figure Out'
She stated she doesn't "know anything about building a casino."
Some states across the U.S. have extended stay-at-home orders; however, Las Vegas' Mayor Carolyn Goodman has a different idea for the city. During a Wednesday interview with CNN, Goodman made statements encouraging the reopening of the city's economy. Despite her desire to reopen businesses, Goodman stated, "that's [businesses] job," to figure out how to do it safely.
When asked about how casinos can reopen while enforcing social distancing, Goodman stated during an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, "That's up for them to figure out. I don't own a casino. I don't know anything about building a casino."
During a Wednesday, April 22, 2020 interview, Mayor Goodman stated her opinions on why she wants casinos to open. She said, "Of course I believe there should be, of course," in response to whether she believed in social distancing.
Currently, Goodman has no authority on the matter of opening casinos; that responsibility remains with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Goodman exclaimed that she wants "everything back," and, "We've never closed down Las Vegas because that's our job. Entertainment capital of the world where everything is clean."
The interview comes after the Nevada Gaming Control Board released the licensing plans and procedures for reopening businesses after the state's temporary closures.
Goodman was questioned about how to safely resume normalcy within casinos while not remaining responsible for how it can be achieved securely.
"I'm not a private owner of a hotel. I wish I were. And I would have the cleanest hotel with six-feet figured out for every human being that comes in there," she responded.
Despite Goodman's call to action, she has no define plan to resume business operations while safely enforcing social distancing.
When asked how she could achieve this with no strategy, her response was, "I am not a private owner. That's the competition in this country."
Ultimately, Goodman suggests that businesses should meet the needs of the public and "that's their job" to figure out how to remain open.