LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Nearly two weeks into Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s mask mandate, the Las Vegas Strip is now repurposing a familiar figure to play mascot for everyone’s latest accessory.
Despite face coverings being a sensitive subject for some, YESCO decided to install a face mask on the Strip’s Statue of Liberty, which sits outside the New York-New York Hotel and Casino at Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue.
The sign company, celebrating its centenary, fitted the replica goddess Libertas with a 50-square-foot mask with “Vegas Safely” written across the front.
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The mask was fitted with adjustable straps, which were tightened once it was installed.
The installation took a total of six hours and required a team of four workers, two of whom repelled down the face of the replica monument.
“The install of the mask is a great way to remind residents and visitors in Las Vegas, that wearing a mask is mandatory,” said Jeff Young, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of YESCO. “We are proud to be part of this project.”
This isn’t the first time the Strip’s Lady Liberty has donned some Vegas-themed garb. During hockey season, visitors can catch her rocking a Vegas Golden Knights jersey.
Governor Sisolak’s mask mandate, which came amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the state, went into effect at the end of June and is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future.