Nevada updates mask rules; businesses not required to check vaccine status

Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday signed a new directive saying that fully vaccinated Nevadans no longer have to wear a mask in most situations, indoors or out, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

That decision came just hours after the CDC published similar guidance that was celebrated among many businesses as a major domino to fall in terms of fully reopening the economy.

The CDC's guidance reads, in part: “Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.”

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Sisolak’s updated directive Thursday states that Nevada will neither require nor prohibit private businesses from confirming vaccination status of people.

Employers and organizations are encouraged to post signage with the latest guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests, according to a press release issued Thursday from his office, which indicates that private entities and groups may impose tougher policies than the CDC guidelines and employers can set the rules for employees.

The directive notes that people not fully vaccinated should continue to take precautions including mask wearing and avoiding indoor crowds.

“COVID-19 is still very much a threat in our State and many Nevadans may choose to continue using masks based on their and their families’ personal health concerns,” according to the release. “Others should respect this choice.”

In addition, the updated directive notes that each county has the authority to establish social distancing requirements.

Masks will still be needed in hospitals and other health facilities and in large crowds. Certain governmental facilities also require masking.


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