We’ve been Staying Safe here in Nevada for nearly two years now. Most of you are already out and about, and Nevada’s reopening is in full swing, with events, concerts and pretty much anything else you may want.
Spring is on the way out here in Vegas. Concerts are happening, social gatherings are in full bloom and much is open. Governor Sisolak has updated the mask policy for Las Vegas and all of Clark County, it goes into effect today, Thursday, February 10, 2022.
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced an immediate end to the state’s mask mandate, citing a downward trend in coronavirus cases, with some exceptions.
Masks will no longer be required in public places, including schools and prisons, Sisolak said. They are still required, however, in some high-risk settings, such as hospitals and nursing homes, he said.
Individuals are also no longer required to wear a mask in public indoor settings in licensed gaming establishments, unless a local jurisdiction still imposes such a requirement according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Employers and school districts can still set their own policies.
The Clark County School District said it would drop the mask mandate beginning at the end of school today, though masks will still be required on buses.
Sisolak’s announcement follows recent moves by several other states to lift mask mandates, including California, New York and Illinois. They all left the mandate in place for schools.
Masks are still encouraged for those that might have health conditions, might live or interact with someone that is immunocompromised or is just not comfortable being in a public setting without a mask. If there is a period of high transmission in your community, it is recommended you wear a face covering, even when it is not required.
You can read the current directive and guidance here.
Nevada’s prior mitigation measures
Below are updates for the State of Nevada related to the updated CDC guidance:
- The State of Nevada neither requires nor prohibits private entities from confirming vaccination status of individuals. Employers and organizations are encouraged to post signage with the latest CDC mask guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests.
- Private entities and organizations may have mask policies that are more restrictive than the CDC guidance. Workers should consult with their employers regarding workplace COVID-19 safety protocols.
Nevada’s Reopening has reached full circle
The mask mandate has been lifted yes, but there will still be reasons you may need one, such as public transportation.
To be safe, you should still bring a mask with you. If you are flying here, you had to wear one on your flight anyway. Most all of Vegas is now mask-free, but some things will still require it and it’s not worth ruining your day over.
“May 1 marks the date where we hope to reach our ultimate goal of transitioning mitigation management to local authority.” – Governor Steve Sisolak
Governor Sisolak has created the Mitigation and Management Task Force (the “Mitigation Task Force”) which will be delegated the authority to implement and enforce the provisions of the New Normal Plan statewide.
Nevada’s Reopening: What’s happening now
Just as the State has operated since the start of the pandemic, the State will remain flexible and if situations change, the State will adjust. Above is the most current information regarding Las Vegas, and the full list of the mitigation measures can be found online at NVHealthResponse.nv.gov.
To see the rest of the Food Establishment guidelines and to check out all of the Industry Specific Guidelines for Nevada’s reopening, see here. You can view all past and current directives from Governor Sisolak here.
You can visit www.lasvegasnevada.gov/
CCSD schools- mask required on buses only
CCSD will implement the hybrid instructional model for students in the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Students who choose to return to school full time, will do so. Students will also be allowed to continue virtual learning if they wish.
The Clark County School District has also recently announced a change to its mask policy. As a result of the downward trend the city has seen in the last few weeks, and the Governor’s desicion, the Clark County School District welcomes Governor Sisolak’s updated directive to end the statewide mask mandate for Nevada.
Beginning at the end of the school day today, February 10, 2022, masks will no longer be required on CCSD campuses, schools, or facilities but will remain required on school buses. Because COVID-19 continues, students and employees of CCSD can make the individual choice to continue masking.
At this time, all other COVID-19 mitigation measures remain in effect.
Your health is your decision
Even though things have reopened, and masks are no longer reuqired, it’s important for you to still consider your own risk factors before you spend time in public or around others. If you, or people you have regular contact with, have high risk factors, you may want to continue to stay at home as much as possible.
If you do go out, PLEASE maintain proper distancing and wear a mask when necessary in public places. Wearing a mask can help prevent you spreading it to others, if you choose to do so. If you or someone in your household is not feeling well, please stay home.
Everyone is capable of making the decisions that are right for themselves and their own families during this transition. We are all in this together, let’s work together and do what’s needed to get our state opened completely and safely and our Nevadans back to work. Stay safe everyone!
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