Clark County falls in line with CDC, state guidelines for masks, capacity

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County commissioners voted in favor of updating the county’s reopening plan Tuesday which will mean as of June 1, fully vaccinated people will no longer have to wear masks or socially distance. In addition, capacity limits will go away.

According to the county’s plan, masks will still be worn when required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local businesses and workplace guidance.

Last week, the CDC updated its guidelines saying fully vaccinated people can stop wearing face masks indoors and outdoors in most situations and don’t need to social distance. Sisolak quickly announced the state would follow suit.

This means event companies can get back to booking larger parties.

Bianca Cimino, who owns a photo booth and event planning company, is ready for the change.

“I am actually looking forward to hiring my staff back, being in the thrust of things — the events. I love making people’s events and dreams come true and their vision come to life.” she said.

“I am excited for the energy of the city, seeing Las Vegas come back,” Cimino said.

At the commission meeting, a handful of people testified — all against wearing masks — and mostly concerned about children, or students, in the Clark County School District being forced to continue to wear masks.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people walking around the Strip mask-free and yet here we are debating whether our babies should be masked,” said Michelle Neilson, a mother of six.

With the changes, county commissioners are still encouraging people to get vaccinated. And if hospital capacity does rise, additional mitigation may be required.

“We have been doing really well as a whole as a community,” said Clark County Commission Chair Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “As you just heard from Dr. (Fermin) Leguen, we evaluated it, and as you know, the CDC came out some guidance last Thursday which had us evaluate it sooner than later.”

Some of the parents who testified said they believed if the county loosened the mask mandate, the Clark County School District would do the same. Last week, the district said it would still require faces masks to be worn in schools but might revisit the issue again.

“If it’s not removed, I will not register my children in the fall. I will be homeschooling them,” said Lauro Cucio, a mother of two.

Over the past week, many local hotel-casinos have removed mask mandates for vaccinated guests, and in some cases employees. However, there is no real way to determine if guests are vaccinated.

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