Nevada Health Officials Urge Distancing On Cinco de Mayo

Social Media Being Urged As Tool To Celebrate

Associated Press
May 05, 2020 - 5:07 am

Photo Courtesy: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada health officials are urging residents to avoid celebrating Cinco de Mayo with people outside their own household on Tuesday for fear it will cause another spike in COVID-19 cases like they believe resulted from gatherings to celebrate Easter last month.

Washoe County Health District Officer Kevin Dick made a special appeal Monday for Nevadans to be especially vigilant in practicing social distancing and forgo family gatherings or traditional celebrations of the Mexican holiday.

Dick said last week that contact tracing showed a number of new cases were tied to people who acknowledged they participated in extending family gatherings in violation of the governor’s stay-at-home order.

“I think people may be becoming a little more relaxed and may have lost some of the focus initially on how they are protecting themselves and others,” he said Monday.

Dick said Cinco de Mayo is “an important holiday for many people.”

“But celebrate with close household members you live with. Celebrate remotely using social media,” he said.

“It’s very important if we want to be successful in reopening our economy and getting businesses open and people back into those businesses that we have to be careful that we are protecting one another into the long term,” Dick said.

More than 5,400 people in Nevada have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 250 have died from the virus.

Last week, Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak extended a stay-at-home order until May 15. He said he may allow the reopening, on that date or sooner, of many nonessential businesses. But he said bars, casinos and shopping malls would likely stay shuttered.