In light of increased cases of COVID-19, the state of Nevada is returning to a mask mandate for public indoor settings in areas where the virus is surging. The mandate will take effect at 12:01 AM on Friday, July 30, and will include Las Vegas.
Gov. Steve Sisolak is reacting to a recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier in the day that urges impacted areas to re-introduce the wearing of masks, especially in public indoor areas, like shopping areas, sporting events, and restaurants and casinos. The governor indicates that the state is allowing a three-day heads up, so businesses have time to get back on a mask and social distancing footing again.
The mask mandate will be in effect for citizens whether they have been vaccinated or not. Health officials are urging businesses to adopt the mandate sooner than the 12:01 AM Friday deadline. The city of Reno announced on Wednesday that public buildings will enforce the mask mandate starting immediately.
What Casinos Will Require a Mask in Las Vegas?
The Nevada Gaming Control Board announced that the indoor mask mandate will be in effect for Reno, Las Vegas, Carson City, Elko and a few other cities. Governor Sisolak confirmed it will apply to casinos in counties that are experiencing high transmission rates of the COVID-19 virus and the variant that has proven to be very infectious, especially among the unvaccinated.
Every casino in the state lies within the high transmission areas, so visitors to Nevada casinos should be prepared to wear a mask starting early Friday and for the foreseeable future. Nevada has typically followed the CDC-suggested guidelines on health policy since the COVID-19 pandemic became a national issue in early 2020.
Nevada health officials reported 1,124 new cases on Tuesday, the highest total in Nevada since February 8th.