A sign at the entrance to the Douglas County Senior Center in August required visitors to wear masks. On Thursday the federal and state government said fully vaccinated people may unmask in most circumstances.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday signed a new directive saying that fully vaccinated people don’t have to wear a mask indoor or outdoor in most situations.
That decision came just hours after the CDC lifted the requirement that people wear masks indoor.
“Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including business and workplace guidance,” according to cdc.gov. “Vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.”
Nothing in the governor's directive requires private businesses to confirm vaccination status.Employers and organizations are encouraged to post signage with the latest guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests.
He said private entities and groups may impose tougher policies than the CDC guidelines and employers can set the rules for employees.
The directive says for those people not fully vaccinated, they should continue to take precautions including mask wearing and avoiding indoor crowds.
In addition, each county has the authority to establish social distancing requirements.
Masks will still be needed in hospitals and other health facilities and in large crowds. Certain governmental facilities also require masking.