Masks Are Required In Las Vegas Once Again
We talked about the overcast skies in Vegas in our MtM Vegas episode last week. And no, I am not talking about the actual sky in Vegas, which is clear enough, and hot enough, to cook an egg on a rock this summer. I am instead talking about their increase in covid cases. Casinos had reinstated mask policies for their workers last week and some introduced a more vigorous testing requirement for unvaccinated workers. Then the CDC came out this week with a warning about traveling to Las Vegas. I still believed that a mask mandate would be held back, at least until they had no other options. A few hours later I was proven wrong, and as of Friday morning masks are required in Las Vegas once again. They are required in most of Nevada actually.
Nevadans & visitors – please see the latest update below. Let’s mask up to keep one another safe. And if you haven’t yet, get your #COVID19 vaccine. Visit https://t.co/ufUgXTpoJa to find a clinic near you. https://t.co/p8IxlzQOU0
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) July 27, 2021
What Are The Requirements?
The Governor has said that the indoor mask mandate for everyone is for areas that have substantial or high transmission rates.
Twelve of Nevada’s 17 counties are currently considered to have substantial or high transmission. They include: Carson, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Washoe and White Pine. Las Vegas resides in Clark County and falls into this group.
The CDC’s suggestions say that all school children from Kindergarten to Twelfth grade, and all teachers and staff regardless of vaccination status, should be in masks but the mandate does not address it. This will likely be decided over the next few weeks before schools reopen for the new year.
The much more potent Delta variant has led to a spike in covid cases, especially in Clark County. The fear of continued increase, a shortage of hospital beds and a return to the peak of last year has prompted this change.
Me & Shawn Talking About The Changes On MtM Vegas
With the vaccine coming out earlier this year I had thought we would be past mask mandates and limitations in restaurants and stores etc. It appears we didn’t get the vaccine quite fast enough, or in enough arms quickly enough, to stop more potent variants from spreading. Hopefully for Vegas, and our sanity, this is a short term requirement and they can get the cases under control quickly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see similar steps taken in other areas of wide spread cases, just like LA County.