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Face masks to return in Las Vegas as Nevada ramps up Covid-19 measures


Consumers in Las Vegas will once again have to wear face masks when gambling at land-based casinos after Nevada’s government reintroduced certain restrictions and measures related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Signed by Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak yesterday (July 27), Emergency Directive 047 sets out how from 12:01am on July 30, staff, patrons and guests inside public indoor settings in casinos across 12 of Nevada’s counties will be required to wear face masks.

The Emergency Directive names Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, among the counties where the order will apply. Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Elko, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Lyon, Mineral, Nye, Washoe – which includes Reno – and White Pine will also face the same measures.

Casino will also need to put in place signage directing visitors to wear masks at all times when inside.

The measures will remain in place until the government announces an easing of restrictions.

The order comes in response to an increase in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19, which the government said has been caused by the spread of the Delta variant of the virus.

The most recent dataset published yesterday by the Nevada government showed that 951 people tested positive for Covid-19, the highest daily total since late January. The state’s seven-day average stands at 803, a level not seen since the start of February.