Las Vegas Mayor Wants to Reopen Sin City, Anderson Cooper Pushes Back

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman appeared on CNN last night, and things didn’t really go as planned, Anderson Cooper was quick to combat her with facts.

Anderson repeatedly pressed Carolyn on her contradictory strategy.

Despite her being mayor Carolyn said it was not her place to give specific guidelines to private businesses on how to safely reopen.

“I am not a private owner. That’s the competition in this country, the free enterprise and to be able to make sure that what you offer the public meets the needs of the public,” she said. “Right now we’re in a crisis health-wise, and so for a restaurant to be open or a small boutique to be open they better figure it out — that’s their job, that’s not the mayor’s job.”

“I’m not a private owner of a hotel, I wish I were,” she added. “And I would have the cleanest hotel with six feet figured out for every human being who comes in there.”

She also said improving testing capacity was not under her authority: “Sadly, it’s not my job,” she said, “I just assume everybody can be an asymptomatic carrier.”

Nevada is under some form of stay-at-home order. In the state, only essential businesses be open and people can leave home for crucial business or for exercise.

“I want our restaurants open, I want our small businesses open, I want our people back in employment,” she said. “We have so many families that can’t even afford to get the groceries for their family because they’ve been out of work for six weeks.”