December 31, 2020 Casino, Land-Based

COVID shaming from Governor cancels Las Vegas NYE party

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Nevada officials had slammed Downtown Las Vegas for hosting event during surge.

Officials for the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas apparently have abandoned plans to host a New Year’s Eve party under the famous canopy after finger wagging by Nevada’s Governor.

The Fremont Street Experience advertised a “fabulous” New Year’s Eve celebration event on its website. Patrons were told adults 21 or older could purchase a “security fee wristband” for $25 online or at participating hotel properties.

Patrons were advised they would need to wear a mask and practice six-feet of social distancing.

Over the past week, Nevada health officials have blasted the planned NYE party, describing it as a potential superspreader event.

On Wednesday, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (pictured) held a virtual press conference on the state’s COVID-19 immunization efforts. He took the opportunity to urge the public to avoid high-risk activities including gathering in large crowds.

“It is not lost on me that Las Vegas is known for being one of the best places in the world to ring in the New Year. But this year, we must look different,” Sisolak said, promising state enforcement authorities, including the Gaming Control Board, will be out in force on New Year’s Eve to ensure measures are being followed.

The Governor acknowledged it will be difficult for officials to prevent “organic gatherings” of revelers, but said when asked about the Fremont Street event, “to organize and promote a gathering with a ticket, or a fee, as if it’s business as usual, that’s just plain irresponsible.”

And as of Thursday morning, when one clicks to purchase a wristband on the Fremont Street Experience website a notice says, “Sorry, we are temporarily offline.” Calls to a telephone number provided were also not being answered.

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