LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Hundreds of face masks were delivered Friday to Hispanic businesses and their customers by the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Nevada.
Almost half the COVID-19 cases in the state have come from the Hispanic community, and face coverings were brought in help to bring those numbers down.
At Mariana's supermarket, shoppers were surprised to receive one or more masks as they walked in. Signs at the entrance made it very clear that customers needed a face mask to be inside.
"Some people forgot them, and we say here have this one. I think it made their day, and I think it will bring down the numbers of cases," said employee Kelly Chevez.
Dentist offices, mom and pop restaurants, and other local small businesses were also part of the Friday mask giveaway.
At El Tenampa restaurant, its owner says that by having long-time customers, enforcing the face-covering requirement has been easier.
"I've been telling them it's for the best, and others will follow, as I don't want to get infected, and I don't want anybody to be infected either," Molly Holguin said.
The broader use of face coverings in the Hispanic community could be a game-changer.
Peter Guzman, president of the Latin Chamber of Commerce in Nevada, agrees with the usage of face coverings - especially after the recent spike of cases.
"It could save your life. If I wear a mask, I protect you, and if you wear a mask, you protect me," Guzman said.
He also says he is aware that some businesses may not like the governor's directive, but it will take a community effort to keep everyone open and safe.