The Las Vegas Raiders‘ debut campaign at Allegiant Stadium has already been hampered as the coronavirus pandemic has put their plans of showing off their new stadium on hold. To make matters worse, it has been revealed that one of the construction workers who worked on the building tested positive for coronavirus.
Mortenson/McCarthy, the construction company that took control of the construction process, said that the process should not have an adverse effect on the construction timeline of the Raiders’ stadium.
Per SF Gate’s Eric Ting:
“Per the CDC guidelines, and as a result of implementation of social distancing protocols, the worker was not in close contact with any other project worker and has been off site since last week,” the group said in a statement. “The individual is now self-isolating for 14 days and will not return to work until cleared to do so. Mortenson/McCarthy previously implemented stringent cleaning protocols on the project consistent with CDC guidelines. In accordance with those protocols, the area where the worker had been assigned, and the surrounding vicinity, was immediately shut down and sanitized. Work continues in other areas of the project that remain unaffected.”
This only puts a spotlight on the current state of affairs in the stadium. The state of Nevada has shut down all non-essential businesses due to the outbreak of the virus, but the construction of the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium is exempted from the state order.
This would definitely put a lot of workers at risk, but it seems like it’s in the state’s best interests to have the new home of the Raiders be finished as soon as possible.