Mask Updates (07.27.2021)
What are the new mask requirements for Nevada based on the July 27th CDC announcement?
On July 27, 2021, the CDC announced that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, should wear a mask in public indoor settings in counties with substantial or high transmission. Therefore, all counties in Nevada that are experiencing substantial or high transmission levels based on the latest CDC COVID tracker must follow the new mask requirements regardless of vaccination status.
Which Nevada counties will be affected by the mask mandate?
Based on the CDC data that was available on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 (date of release for new CDC recommendations and Directive 047), 12 of Nevada’s 17 counties have substantial or high transmission, and therefore will be required to have everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor settings as of 12:01am on Friday, July 30, 2021. Currently, these counties are: Carson, Churchill, Clark, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Washoe and White Pine.
Large Gathering Update (08.16.2021)
Directive 049 creates an exception to the mask requirement for eligible large events in counties with “substantial” or “high” transmission rates if all attendees are vaccinated. This gives an option for event organizers to choose between requiring masks indoors for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, or ensuring that all attendees are vaccinated, in which case fully-vaccinated attendees can remove their masks.
This is not a requirement to show proof of vaccination to attend a large event. It is an optional exception to the general mask requirement if the event operator chooses to require proof of vaccination for all attendees.
Masks are not required for FULLY VACCINATED persons at indoor large events in counties with “substantial” or "high” transmission rates if ALL of the following conditions are met:
• The State of Nevada neither requires nor prohibits private entities from confirming vaccination status of individuals. Employers and organizations are encouraged to post signage with the latest CDC mask guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests.
• Private entities and organizations may have mask policies that are more restrictive than the CDC guidance. Workers should consult with their employers regarding workplace COVID-19 safety protocols.
• In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
• If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your health care provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.
• The CDC guidance issued today also provided updates on social distancing recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. After the May 1 transition to local authority, each county has the authority to establish social distancing requirements. Nevada residents should consult their county’s local mitigation plan for more information on social distancing guidelines in their county.
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