Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak Mandates Face Coverings After New Spike Detected
After Nevada reported on Tuesday the biggest one-day increase of new coronavirus cases in the state, the fourth time in the past eight days where the state hit a new daily high, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has announced that he has signed a directive requiring all people to wear face coverings while in public, to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The measure is set to go into effect at 11:59 pm Thursday, June 25. Said Sisolak, “For Nevada to stay open, we must make face coverings a part of our daily lives.” While the measure does have an enforcement element the governor added he did not want it to result in any fines or any arrests. He also said that the state would be using OSHA, local license agencies, along with regulating authorities to help aid with enforcement efforts.
“The last thing I want is for monetary fines or criminal penalties to be imposed on Nevadans, which is why I strongly encourage everyone to follow this directive,” Sisolak said. According to KVVU-TV 5 in Las Vegas, “There are exceptions in the directive for people who have difficulty breathing when wearing a mask, a disability that prevents wearing one, and for children 2 to 9 years old.”
From KVVU, “The governor also clarified that Nevada would not be moving into Phase 3 until the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases stabilizes and shows a downward trajectory. The state has a 4-week upward trend in new daily cases.
Reaction from the around the state was immediate, and the order to wear masks has now become a political football. While some of the responses focused around common-sense approaches to the Governor’s mandate, other parties preferred to show their opposition by way of colorful memes. The one thing made most obvious, everyone has an opinion, and they were not afraid to voice those opinions at all.
Former Clark County School Board Trustee Kevin Child, who was overwhelmingly defeated in his bid for re-election, took the side of “My Body…My Choice,” in his FaceBookBook post, and if anyone still doesn’t believe this has become a partisan affair, some people even took to name-calling.
As the Friday imposition of the order prepares to take effect, one thing is perfectly clear. The battle lines have been drawn. Let’s hope that cooler heads prevail and that solutions become priorities and not name-calling memes.