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Anti-mask group disrupts community meeting over pandemic relief funds

CLARK COUNTY, Nevada (KSNV) – Another sign of Americans’ division in the face of the pandemic, a community meeting in Nevada was disrupted by a group of women who opposed the wearing of masks.

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

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

McCurdy said the women were even upset because he was wearing a mask.

“They wanted me to take off my mask to say 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 he wished he could get several points across.

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

“We need to provide immediate help to our small business owners in the form of a grant, or whatever the case may be in this matter. But we also need to see how we will enable our community to be more resilient in the face of other pandemics. “

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

The ordinance, which went into effect on Friday, also applies to all counties with substantial COVID-19 transmission rates.

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