A viral video of Governor Steve Sisolak dining at Pizzeria Monzú on Saturday night with live entertainment just a few steps away sparked anger from the animators and threats against the restaurant.
The video shows a band with three instrument players and a singer performing near Sisolak and his wife Kathy.
Pizzeria Monzú owner Giovanni Mauro said he had “received threatening and harassing calls from people who are upset by the video,” KTNV reports.
Sisolak, who extended a moratorium on house evictions by 45 days, told reporters during the press conference on Monday that when guests arrived, the restaurant was performing temperature controls, offering socially distant tables, and doing extra cleaning while everyone wore face masks.
“Ambient music, as it is called, where people don’t go to buy tickets to go to them, where people don’t pay admission, where that’s not the purpose of the visit, is allowed in a restaurant,” he says . “That’s what happened. We went to dinner, finished our dinner and played music for a moment. We left. It is allowed.”
The video follows several bars and restaurants receiving fines for promoting live entertainment. The Saddle N Spurs Saloon and E-String Poker Bar in Henderson have been informed by city officials that they cannot offer live performances.
Bobby Kingston, owner of Saddle N Spurs, tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he has received a notice from a Las Vegas City licensing officer stating, “Live entertainment that includes karaoke is on at this time forbidden with some allowances. You can have a singer, piano player, guitarist, or a small band playing music in an ambience there. There cannot be ticket sales, entrance fees, or headlining advertising for entertainment or dancing. “
E-String in Henderson was promoting acoustic shows, which were also streamed live, and posted a cover on the door, reports the RJ.
The rules seem to apply to charging the cover on the door. For example, Don’t Tell Mama in Neonopolis still offers karaoke in downtown Las Vegas, while Clark County directed Ellis Island to stop karaoke. The Mayfair Supper Club at the Bellagio and Rose. Rabbit. Lie. Both have live performances at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, as do lounges at Bally’s, Paris, and Harrah’s, where they sell food and offer soloists or duos to perform in the background.
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