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Mayor Corona Issues Statement Concerning Speedweek 2020

Post Date:07/21/2020 10:52 AM

Last week I had a conversation with Nevada Senator Cortez Masto’s office in which I asked them to assist me in assessing and addressing concerns I had about the annual August Speed Week event to the appropriate BLM office, to which the Senators office then arranged that contact

The majority of my conversation with the BLM focused on concerns of hosting a large scale event at a time when cases have been rapidly increasing in our community. This also comes at a time when I will be calling on the West Wendover City Council to consider adopting more stringent guidelines as it pertains to social gatherings. During the conversation, many scenarios were discussed including the possibility of postponing the event. In the end it was agreed that a call should be set up with all stakeholders to address such concerns and ensure that we work in a collaborative manner to ensure the health & safety of everyone associated with the event and ensure the community is protected.      

It’s been brought to my attention that the content of these conversations has been misinterpreted by some of the stakeholders. In retrospect I should have gone directly to the organizers of the event with these concerns first and in the future that’s the route I will take.

As your Mayor, I am constantly learning how fragile the balance is between protecting both the health and safety of our community as well as its economic wellbeing . The annual Speed Week event on the Bonneville Salt Flats brings a welcomed economic boost to our community every year. However, COVID-19 has changed the way we look at large gatherings. While I recognize that guidelines implemented in West Wendover do not pertain to the Salt Flats located in Utah, it's important to work with the stakeholders to make sure that when participants enter West Wendover they’re following the pertinent local guidelines.

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