As a result of rising Covid-19 cases, Gov. Steve Sisolak is making the use of face coverings mandatory in public places. The mandate will begin Friday and allows OSHA, licensing boards, local governments and the attorney general to inflict fines or criminal penalties if necessary.
The announcement comes after Washington and California issues similar mandates. This is the first major restriction after Nevada entered Phase 2 of reopening and three weeks after casinos were allowed to open.
Some people qualify as exemptions to this mandate, including:
- Children under the age of 9
- Individuals experiencing homelessness
- Anyone who cannot wear a face covering or mask due to a medical condition or disability, or cannot remove a mask without assistance. Individuals are instead encouraged to wear alternatives, such as face shields, but won’t be required to “provide documentation verifying their condition.”
- Anyone who is incarcerated
- Individuals for whom “wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work”
- Anyone who obtains a service that would require removal of the mask to access their face or nose
- Individuals at a restaurant or other establishment to eat or drink, provided they are at least six feet away from other patrons
- Anyone engaged in outdoor work or recreational activities, such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling or running
Nevada, similar to the rest of the nation, has seen a rise of cases within the past few weeks. Just Tuesday, there were an additional 462 cases announced.