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Hundreds gather again in downtown Las Vegas for protest

Posted at 8:57 PM, Apr 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 14:44:48-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Hundreds gathered on Saturday morning to protest the stay-at-home order in Nevada.

The protesters say the order is hurting small businesses and they want the freedom to choose when to reopen.

The protesters reunited at the Grant Sawyer Building in downtown Las Vegas with signs and flags following protests last weekend calling for the order to be lifted. While some say the understand the severity of COVID-19, they say the time is now to reopen Nevada.

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"I know it's a real virus and it's very serious, but I also know what I need to do," said Nancy Taft. "What my conditions are and what I need to do to be safe."

"The governor should trust the people and trust the businesses that they're going to open in the right manner, in a respectable manner. In a correct manner," she added. "Because if the businesses don't, smart people won't go there. People know what they're doing."

Taft was wearing a face mask, but most people were not.

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This is not the first protest in Las Vegas since the stay-at-home order. However, not everyone agrees that the stay-at-homer order should be lifted. Those who want the order to remain in place are concerned of more COVID-19 cases and deaths.

"The mayor is mostly concerned about money," expressed Sydney Vann. "She's money hungry, money greedy and she's not concerned about people lives."

"She used to get all that money from the casinos going to the city and now that it has stopped, and she upset about it," saaid Vann. "I believe it's dangerous. If it starts to spread again is going to be a big spread because a lot of people in the casinos will catch it and they take it home to their families."

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Gov. Steve Sisolak says he is basing his decision on when to reopen the state on guidance from the CDC and local health officials.

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