Clark County Commissioners voted to allow businesses to return to 100 percent capacity starting on June 1. The move allows businesses including restaurants and bars to return to their pre-pandemic levels with no social distancing and no restrictions on large gatherings, although those who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask.
Last Thursday, Nevada followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new mask guidelines and removed the state’s mask mandate for those who are outside and in many cases indoors if they received the COVID-19 vaccination. Only about 50 percent of eligible Clark County residents 16 years and older are vaccinated, according to data from last week.
Many casinos already lifted mask mandates for vaccinated customers and staff, and received permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to raise their occupancy levels to 100 percent after demonstrating that much of their staffs were vaccinated. Restaurants and bars can continue to require that all patrons wear a mask. Grocery stores such as Smith’s, Albertsons, Vons, and Whole Foods Market still require masks worn by shoppers and staff, while Trader Joe’s does not. Big box retailers Target, Costco, and Walmart dropped their mask requirements for those who are vaccinated, as did pharmacy CVS, but masks are still required at Walgreens. Lee’s Discount Liquors rrequires masks, but Total Wine & More does not for vaccinated shoppers.
Masks are still required by the state in crowded indoor settings.
Clark County took over control of COVID-19 mitigation plans from the state on May 1, and originally hoped to reach 60 percent of the population vaccinated by June 1, but demand for the vaccine waned in recent weeks. Clark County businesses aside from those casinos granted permission to expand occupancy remain at 80 percent open with three feet of social distancing required.
Texas Station and the Las Vegas Convention Center offer drive-thru vaccination services, both with the capacity to service 1,000 people per day. Those who prefer a more intimate environment can head to Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club at 6007 Dean Martin Drive on Friday, May 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. for a pop-up vaccination clinic. The gentlemen’s club is offering a membership card, a free bottle of liquor, free lap dance from a vaccinated dancer, tickets to Sexxy After Dark, and limousine transportation to those who visit the clinic.
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