LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The head of Nevada’s coronavirus task force is not mincing words when it comes to mask wearing.
“It is not your public right to not wear a mask,” said Jim Murren.
Murren, who heads the Nevada COVID-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, made the comments at the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance’s Las Vegas Perspective event on Tuesday.
He expanded on his comments, explaining that wearing a mask not only helps others, but helps the local economy.
The former chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International explained that he believes Las Vegas will bounce back faster because “we’ve been here before.”
"Las Vegas will come back fast because of leadership, (a tourism industry) that is committed to safety, and because we work together,” said Murren, before adding that he believes the city will rebound quicker than competitor cities.
His comments come a day after Gov. Sisolak announced the end of phased reopening and that bars in certain counties in Nevada could reopen with limited capacity.
Later in the same event, Jeremy Aguero, principal analyst at Applied Analysis, said he feels that travel and tourism will likely take anywhere from 18 to 36 months to recover and pointed out that the Las Vegas airport is the “single largest economic driver” for our area.