Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak has announced that the state no longer requires face coverings “effective immediately.” “Masks are not required for students and teachers and employees beginning Friday morning.” The Nevada Gaming Control Board quickly lifted the face covering rule for casinos unless a city or county still demands they be worn. The Governor said locations in Nevada where masks may still be required include hospitals, clinics and long-term care facilities, at airports and on aircraft and on public buses and school buses. He said masks are no longer mandatory in jails and state prisons.
Governor Sisolak commented that there is a strong decline in coronavirus cases in Nevada. However, the spread of the virus in Nevada remains far above the national average. Nationally, cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 have dropped considerably after peaking earlier this year amid the spread of the omicron variant. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend wearing masks indoors in places of “substantial or high transmission” of the virus.