After the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its mask guidance that now allows those who are fully vaccinated to go without wearing a mask, Nevada followed suit. Gov. Steve Sisolak already signed Emergency Directive 045 on May 3, which permits Nevada to follow CDC guidance on wearing masks.
Nevada will be following the latest recommendations on masking from @CDCgov and @NVHealthRespon1 will be issuing more information later today.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) May 13, 2021
I strongly urge all Nevadans who have not yet taken advantage of the #COVID19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible. https://t.co/xGG9aICL74
The new guidance from the state does not require nor prohibit private entities from confirming the vaccination status of people. Employers and organizations are encouraged to post signs with the latest CDC mask guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated customers.
Private entities and organizations may have mask policies that are more restrictive than the CDC’s guidance, and employees should follow their workplace’s COVID-19 safety protocols. That means restaurants, bars, and even casinos can still require everyone to wear a mask.
People are considered vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. Those who are not vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors and outdoors when they cannot avoid close contact with others.
One caveat: Nevada gave counties the authority to mandate social distancing requirements and occupancy levels on May 1. Clark County remains at 80 percent occupancy levels with three feet of social distancing, although a group of casinos received exemptions from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to open at 100 percent occupancy.
The Clark County Commission plans to discuss mask guidance during its next meeting on May 18.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board also said it will allow casinos to follow the state’s guidelines for masks at indoor and outdoor gaming floor areas.
Already, Wynn Las Vegas says masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated customers and employees.