Ms Social Distancing! Officials storm into a Las Vegas hotel and shut down the Mrs Nevada beauty pageant for violating strict anti-COVID-19 guidelines
- City of Las Vegas Business Licensing shut down the event on Sunday evening
- Currently in Nevada, public and private gatherings are limited to 50 people
- One attendee estimated there were around 200 guests at the pageant
- City officials stormed into the Ahern Hotel and asked the crowds to leave
Las Vegas officials have stormed into a hotel to shut down the Mrs Nevada beauty pageant for violating social distancing rules.
The City of Las Vegas Business Licensing shut down the event on Sunday evening after the crowd size was found to be in violation of Nevada’s crowd size mandate.
Contestants vying to be the next Mrs. Nevada America were left competing in an empty room at the Ahern Hotel in Las Vegas after attendees of the event were ordered to leave.
Currently in the state of Nevada, public and private gatherings are limited to 50 or fewer people and everyone must be wearing face masks.
Las Vegas officials stormed into a hotel to shut down the Mrs Nevada beauty pageant for violating social distancing rules (left and right)
One attendee estimated that there about 200 attendees – 150 over the limit – the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.
City spokesman Jace Radke said in a statement that the event violated the order ‘by attempting to hold the Mrs. Nevada pageant with spectators.’
Footage taken at the event shows City officials entering the hotel and asking attendees to leave the venue.
Everyone left voluntarily and no citations were issued.
Once the crowd had left, the pageant was permitted to continue in the emptied room.
Going forward, the pageant will be allowed to continue with crowds of 50 people or less.
The City of Las Vegas said they had attempted to notify the Ahern Hotel that the pageant would not comply with Gov. Steve Sisolak’s mandate.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the City said: ‘The City and @LMVPD found that the Ahern Hotel is in violation of the governor’s safety directives by attempting to hold the Mrs. Nevada pageant with spectators.
‘Business Licensing accompanied by Metro Police did visit the property tonight and the event was stopped.
‘Earlier in the weekend we attempted to notify the Ahern Hotel that the pageant would violate the governor’s directives, but our licensing officer was escorted off property by hotel security.
‘We will have additional information tomorrow.’