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Sisolak clarifies picture causing internet furor after stay-at-home 2.0 request

These are photos of a news conference involving Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and the on-going COVID-19 pandemic as of Oct. 20, 2020
Posted at 10:37 AM, Nov 13, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Pictures of Gov. Steve Sisolak at restaurants tend to create quite the stir on social media.

On Thursday, Hafez Persian Cuisine located on Spring Mountain Road near Valley View Boulevard posted an image on their Instagram of the Nevada governor visiting their establishment, which has since been removed.

The picture has caused an uproar on social media, with some claiming hypocrisy after Sisolak made a plea this past Tuesday to "Stay-at-home 2.0"

However, the governor's office is clarifying that the photo was taken before the latest recommendations.

In a statement to 13 Action News, a spokesperson says the governor has been working out of Carson City all week and that he "looks forward to continuing to order takeout and delivery from his favorite restaurants during Stay at Home 2.0, and encourages Nevadans to do the same."

The response did not include when the governor visited the restaurant and took the picture.

When reached for comment, a representative for Hafez Restaurant said "they are old and not (from) this week. Many people reached out to us about it and we removed the picture."

The social media uproar comes after Sisolak provided a dire warning to the state as a whole while urging Nevadans to stay at home for the next two weeks.

"We don't have much time to act to avoid a dangerous hospital surge and keep our economy going and keep people at work," said Gov. Sisolak.

"If we don't come together at this moment, I will be forced to take stronger action in 14 days. To be clear I don't want to take stronger action I do not want to implement more restrictions."

This is not the first time a Sisolak restaurant post rallied critics.

Back in August, a video surfaced of the governor at a Las Vegas dining establishment where he and his wife were spotted eating with a live band playing nearby.

At the time, Sisolak responded by saying: "This particular restaurant did temperature checks on the way and everyone wore masks, it was socially distanced, they did extra cleaning in the restaurant.

"Ambient music, as it's called, where people do not go buy a ticket or people do not pay admission, where that's not the purpose of the visit is allowed in a restaurant.