Well, this could be interesting. The biggest indoor crowd that’s alleged to be wearing masks in Las Vegas is scheduled for Sunday when a sellout crowd for a prominent international soccer match fills the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium. The state indoor mask mandate goes into effect in Las Vegas and Clark County Friday — only two days before the Concacaf Gold Cup championship game, which sold call at 90 minutes.
It’s a world soccer showdown inside the domed 65,000-seat stadium and lots of the fans are going to be visitors who won’t remember the state mask mandate announced earlier in the week in light of a surge of COVID cases in Southern Nevada. The Gold Cup championship is held every two years and crowns the soccer champ from North America, Central America, and therefore the Caribbean.
UPDATE: it’ll be the USA vs Mexico at 5:30 PM Sunday at Allegiant Stadium. The CDC recommended all people — vaccinated and unvaccinated — wear masks indoors in COVID-19 hot spots around the country like Clark County and Las Vegas. A county spokesman confirmed all fans at the Gold Cup game in Allegiant Stadium are going to be required to mask up. The Delta variant of COVID is driving up to test positivity rates as Delta spreads twice as easier than the sooner virus strain.
People in Nevada aren’t exactly beginning in droves to urge immunization against an epidemic that has killed quite 600,000 Americans. Free COVID vaccinations are given in the least sorts of clinics from those found out outside T-Mobile Arena and along the Strip to even inside the stadium that’s hosting Sunday’s Gold Cup soccer game.
Vaccines slow the spread of COVID and save lives. State officials liked that almost two percent of unvaccinated Nevadans got their first COVID shot in the week. During a state media zoom session on COVID today, LVSportsBiz.com asked the experts about the extent of concern of getting 60,000 people inside a stadium during a COVID surge. “There’s always the risk of transmission,” said Michelle White, the governor’s chief of staff. The soccer match inside the stadium will suit all local COVID protocols, a spokesman said.