Governor Steve Sisolak announced that Nevada’s statewide mask mandate for indoor public settings would be lifted, effective immediately.
“Masks will no longer be required in public places, but there are still some locations where you may be asked to wear a mask,” Sisolak said.
The mask mandate will lift for all Nevadans, regardless of vaccination status. Individual businesses will be able to institute their own mask guidance if they choose. The governor’s office encouraged any at-risk individuals with underlying health issues to continue to wear masks to to help protect themselves.
Nevada’s mask guidance has been in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidance since July 2021. Counties had to show low or moderate COVID-19 transmission for two consecutive weeks in order for the mask mandate to be lifted in that individual county.
As of Feb. 1, Nevada still had high COVID-19 transmission rates, according to Nevada Health Response. The CDC does continue to recommend indoor masking in public settings, regardless of vaccination status, especially in areas with high transmission rates.
Governor Sisolak asked that all Nevadans “please be as considerate and as kind as you can possibly be,” with regards to people who still wish to wear masks. He encouraged Nevadans to “…follow your conscience… I think we’re taking another step forward.”
This money will go toward helping pay nursing students working in facilities, provide travel stipends for students traveling to rural Nevada and provide stipends for students who complete their schooling and agree to work at a qualifying facility for a specific duration of time.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) February 10, 2022