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Anti-mask group disrupts community meeting on pandemic relief funds

CLARK COUNTY, Nev. (KSNV) — In another sign of Americans being divided over the pandemic, a community meeting in Nevada was interrupted by a group of women who were against wearing masks.

Thursday night’s meeting was supposed to focus on how Nevada businesses could benefit from the US bailout. Instead, it had to be disbanded.

“We didn’t even get a chance to hear from any of the community members because it was disrupted,” said Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II, who led the meeting.

McCurdy said the women even got angry because he was wearing a mask.

“They wanted me to take off my mask to tell me they could hear me better,” he said. “But we had a microphone inside. They could hear me loud and clear.

In the video, McCurdy can be heard trying to take control of the audience as some in the crowd begin to clash with the women.

Eventually, McCurdy was forced to end the meeting, but there were several points he wished he could get across.

“There were over 20,000 businesses, small businesses, that closed during the pandemic,” he said.

“We need to provide immediate relief to our small business owners in the form of a grant, or whatever the case may be. But we also need to consider how we are going to enable our community to be more resilient to other pandemics.

Last week, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak made masks mandatory in Clark County in all indoor spaces for the next two weeks.

The order, which took effect Friday, also applies to all counties with substantial COVID-19 transmission rates.

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