Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has spoken out against comments by the mayor of Las Vegas that it is time for businesses -- including casinos -- to get back to work.
"We are clearly not ready to open," Sisolak told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night.
What the mayor said: Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman told Cooper earlier Wednesday that the government should end its restrictions, and private businesses would be able to decide for themselves how best to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
Goodman volunteered her city as a "control group" to see if looser rules resulted in a major outbreak.
Pushback: But Gov. Sisolak said: "I will not allow the citizens of Nevada -- our Nevadans -- to be used as a control group."
The most prominent casinos of what is known as the Las Vegas Strip sit outside the city limits and are under the jurisdiction of Clark County. The county’s commission chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick issued a statement Wednesday evening saying, "Soon, we’ll be able to invite the world back to our city, but that time isn’t here yet."
Gov. Sisolak said visitors will be welcomed back to Las Vegas, but only when it can be done safely. "We want to welcome them back to the lights on The Strip," Sisolak said, "but that's not today, and that's not tomorrow."