Vegas workers will put masks back on, but tourists won’t have to under new rules

Inspired by the Delta version, COVID-19 cases in southern Nevada have nearly tripled since June.

Workers in Las Vegas and other parts of Clark County, Nevada will have to resume wearing masks indoors, but customers will not be under the new rules.

The Clark County Commission voted in an emergency meeting on Tuesday to require face coverings for all employees or members of the public working in and around the home, driven by a more communicable version and slower vaccination rates in Covid cases. was growth.

The new rules do not apply to customers, and it is not a blanket return to masking, as recently imposed in the Los Angeles area.

Commissioner Jim Gibson said, “We’ve already gone through shutdowns and start-ups, and we can’t decide to let the big conventions go anywhere else.”

Tourist-sheltered Las Vegas last year ended COVID restrictions, which closed casinos, dine-in restaurants, bars and other businesses. The casinos were completely closed for more than two months.

Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths are rising in Nevada and the rest of the US, fueled by the more permeable Delta variant.

Southern Nevada Health District chief medical officer Dr. Kort Lohf said Clark County has experienced a nearly tripling of the number of COVID-19 cases and a tripling of the positivity rate since early June. The increase is being driven by the delta version, he said, as well as a plateau of vaccination rates.

The regional health district on Friday recommended that all people, both fully vaccinated and those without vaccination, wear masks in crowded public places.

Chris Scarpulla, owner of two The Great American Pub locations, told KSNV, the Granthshala affiliate of Las Vegas That the new rules, while a burden, are better than closing.

“I don’t think the employees are very happy with it, but I think they are happy enough to abide by the mandate and understand that it keeps them employed,” he told the station. “It keeps us open.”

But at Tuesday’s commission meeting, critics spoke out.

“You’re telling us what to do, wear a mask — it’s my decision, not yours,” Jim Blocky told the board.

Las Vegas and the rest of the state formally reopened on June 1 at 100 percent capacity.

Mask requirements for employees run until August 17, when the Board of Commissioners will revisit the rules.

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