Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak is warning against large New Year’s gatherings — pleading with the state’s residents and visitors to celebrate “virtually” in observance of the excruciating sacrifices healthcare workers, patients, and families — who continue to endure unprecedented hardships stemming from COVID-19 — have made throughout the 2020 calendar year.
In a statement provided to FOX5 Vegas on Wednesday, Sisolak said:
“If you’re considering going out, I urge you to reconsider and think of Nevada’s healthcare workers who will be caring for COVID-19 patients — our family members and neighbors — who are struggling to breathe and make it through the night. They have been providing this care under the most difficult of circumstances for 10 months and they are asking for our help. Have their backs the way they have ours — celebrate New Year’s virtually at home with your household members.”
The warning comes in anticipation of a Fremont Street Experience event scheduled for Thursday night in downtown Las Vegas that will attract “at least 14,000 people,” according to AP contributor Sam Metz.
Social Distancing Guidelines Continue to Disrupt Live Poker
In-person poker games have been severely disrupted since restrictions on travel and large gatherings became a reality in late February — resulting in the cancellation of perennial land-based tournament series sponsored by brands such as partypoker LIVE, the World Poker Tour, and PokerStars.
The $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Main Event was converted into a “hybrid” tournament to accommodate ongoing health protocols associated with large gatherings.
However, a positive COVID test caused the premature ouster of Upeshka De Silva, while the heads-up match to determine who will win the coveted 2020 WSOP Main Event bracelet has been postponed until Sunday, January 3rd — as international winner Damian Salas awaits permission to enter the United States.
Health concerns have likewise delayed a second “live session” between Las Vegas poker players Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu. Despite the very positive reception the duo’s November 4th Round #1 appearance at the PokerGO Studio received, neither competitor is pursuing a second in-person session until further notice.
The scheduling of large poker tournaments at live venues remains uncertain for 2021.
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