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Las Vegas City Council holds public meeting amid pandemic

Posted at 1:24 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 17:17:31-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Despite Gov. Steve Sisolak’s request that the public stay at home, the Las Vegas City Council held its public meeting early Wednesday. Hours later, Sisolak made his request formal by executing a "Stay at Home" order.

Before the governor issued the order, City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer Jace Radke told 13 Action News that the city council wants to continue business, but pointed to the social distancing guidelines they’ve put in place as a precaution.

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Before attendees could enter Las Vegas City Hall, a marshal took their temperature and asked if they're experiencing any cold or flu symptoms.

Visitors were also asked to keep a six-foot distance and sanitize their hands.

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Attendee Michael Garwood said he’s carrying sanitizer and paper towels with him to the meeting. He praised Mayor Carolyn Goodman for holding the meeting in person.

Inside the city council chamber, more than thirty people gathered -- which goes against Gov. Sisolak’s earlier request to ban all meetings of 10 people or more.

Some council members opted to call in, while others sat a chair length away from each other.

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Gov. Sisolak’s "Stay at Home" order came down in the middle of the meeting, which began at 9 a.m. When asked if the state’s order changes any future plans, city officials did not give a clear yes or a no.

“The city continues to work with all our partners," Radke said, "including the state, the county, and the Southern Nevada Health District to follow those recommendations and orders from the Governor’s office to make sure that we're working together to flatten the curve on the coronavirus."

"And hopefully open things back up once this passes,” he added.

Public comment was allowed Wednesday, but the city created an email address and a web link where people can submit their public comment from home.

The submissions are printed and read aloud during meetings.