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The CDC updated its guidance on mask policies Thursday, stating that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask in most indoor and outdoor locations.

In a statement, Governor Sisolak signed an emergency directive updating mask and face-covering requirements for Nevada to align with those of the CDC, effective immediately. However, counties and private businesses may still reserve the right to enforce their own regulations in regard to face coverings.

Below are updates for the State of Nevada related to the updated CDC guidance:

  • The State of Nevada neither requires nor prohibits private entities from confirming the 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.

Clark County commissioners will discuss mask guidance during its May 17 meeting.