After being called "ignorant" by CNN's Anderson Cooper and facing pushback from workers unions about getting back to business, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman discussed her call to resume business in Las Vegas during a Thursday interview on Newsmax TV.
"I think he (Cooper) had his opinions and I have mine," Goodman told Thursday's "America Agenda." "I really found it a beneficial conversation, because through that, we had a larger conversation on both sides of the fence out there in the public."
Goodman reminded those calling her reckless, she has no authority to act unilaterally in reopening the pandemic-shuttered Sin City. That call belongs to Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat.
What she achieved, she said, was staking out a position as a "cheerleader" for the workers, business and economy of her struggling tourist city. Publicly talking about those workers, who need an infusion of income, might hasten efforts to get them back on the job.
"It's actually the governor at this point, because he declared the state of emergency," she added.
For his part, Sisolak said he's not rushing to reopen the state or city.
“I know people are anxious. I know people want a date. I would like nothing better than to give you a date. But what I have to look for — I’m not determining when this date is going to be,” Sisolak said in an interview this week, according to Breitbart News.
“The virus and the science is determining when this date is going to be,” he continued. “I do not want to risk the chance of undoing it by opening a week or two early and then have us have another spike and have to shut everything back down again and start back at square zero.”
Breitbart reported he also said he had no immediate plans to reopen the fabled Las Vegas strip. "If you’re asking me that today, no, I can’t say that we’re opening up. But if you ask me that question in seven days, well maybe we will start to see that trajectory that I spoke of going downward," the site quoted him as saying. We’re going to know that when we get just a couple of days out, but we’re not there yet. I don’t want to give anybody any false hope."
The mayor, conceding she called her city a "test" for Reopening America Again guidelines, also acknowledged on Thursday that she'd been a bit "flippant" in her CNN interview.
"What I was looking at, because we don't know what works and what doesn't work, because there's no end to this in sight right now, what I had said to our statistician (was) we become a control group," she added. "I meant it lightly, but I said it sort of seriously."
A national hospitality union president rejected her suggestion of Las Vegas workers living in a "petri dish."
"Nobody wants people to go back more than I do, but everyone wants to go back to a safe and secure workplace and not be an experiment in a petri dish," UNITE Here President D. Taylor told NBC News.
The comments also "struck a nerve" among workers, according to Caesar Forum Conference Center bartender Alexander Acosta.
"We're not test subjects," he told NBC News. "We're people. We are employees.
"We try to live every day as we can. We shouldn't be test subjects."
Goodman suspects she, too, had the coronavirus in January and has overcome it, and has sought a test of here blood for antibody studies.
"I wanted to get tested so I can, in fact, donate plasma, if they needed it, and then to go out and help others if they have it," she said.
As for the city, she said hotels are already working toward a potential reopening and have been since they have closed under the governor's emergency declaration. That was back on March 13.
"They're working through this, knowing if they're going to be allowed at 50% or 30% capacity, and of course they want to get their restaurants open as well," she said. "So, they've been in planning, and each different owner chain has been working on how they best see.
"So, my sense is this, all business, is up to that business person to adhere to the restrictions and guidelines that come down through state. They've been working on it since they were closed."
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