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State Officials Warn Against Traveling To Vegas As Cases Continue To Rise

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As COVID-19 cases begin to rise in Las Vegas, state officials are warning against traveling to the world’s entertainment capital. 

Hawaii’s Kauai has warned against travel to the city. According to Mayor Derek Kawakami, Las Vegas is the biggest COVID-19 hotspot for bringing the virus back to the island.

He stated, “This destination poses significant risks. The popular activities are largely indoors and can be crowded. Visitors stay indoors for prolonged periods, mingling with others from all over the country. Masks are not required.”

The mayor also went on to state that the destination poses significant risks because indoor activities are crowded and visitors stay inside for prolonged periods.

He advised all travelers to get vaccinated before traveling to the city, but the state hasn’t mandated that yet. In the last week, the L.A County health officer advised Californians to avoid travel to Nevada and Florida as cases begin to rise. 

Las Vegas Strip

Las Vegas is one of the world’s hardest hit travel destinations since the pandemic began. The city was closed for much of 2020, and the removal of large crowds seriously harmed the casinos, sporting events, and outdoor entertainment. 

Las Vegas Strip at night

The COVID-19 Situation In Las Vegas 

The Clark County Commission had an emergency meeting to discuss the rising cases in the city. They decided to enforce masks on all employees working indoors regardless of their vaccination status. However, the city also introduced the following restrictions:

  • Event venues of over 250 people will have to submit COVID-19 mitigation plans for festivals and large events. 
  • The city will push for more people to get vaccinated. 

The state has recorded 850 average daily cases, which is an 80 percent rise in the previous 14 days. Vaccination rates remain high in the state, with 52% of people having at least one vaccine dose. In addition, 44 percent of people are fully vaccinated. On the other hand, vaccination rates have started to slow, and hospitalizations rise, according to reports. 

Since the pandemic began, Clark County has recorded 274,00 0 cases of COVID-19, with 5,817 deaths so far. The city removed almost all of its pandemic restrictions on June 1st. That included all restrictions on large gatherings and capacity limits. 

As a result, the city’s nightlife has returned, and large concerts and boxing matches are back. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated visitors who enter Las Vegas are not permitted to wear a mask. The White House has labeled Clark County a COVID-19 hotspot and will support Las Vegas to increase its vaccination efforts. 

Las Vegas during COVID-19

The Impact On The U.S Travel industry 

The delta variant is starting to create uncertainty for the U.S travel industry. Although US airlines suggest the delta variant isn’t preventing travelers from booking flights, restrictions are starting to rise in places across the U.S and the world. 

Cities like Las Vegas remain back to normal despite warnings, offering hope to many U.S travelers looking for an excellent domestic break this summer.

However, the U.S government continues to ban international arrivals coming to the U.S. This has a huge impact on Las Vegas, which usually attracts 42 million visitors (many from overseas.)

Las Vegas Sign

It seems unlikely that Las Vegas will introduce any restrictions as the city enjoys normality and the local economy begins to breathe again. However, whether other states will start implementing restrictions on travelers arriving from Las Vegas remains to be seen.

It seems unlikely that Las Vegas will introduce any restrictions as the city enjoys normality and the local economy begins to breathe again. However, whether other states will start implementing restrictions on travelers arriving from Las Vegas remains to be seen.

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