One of the most common questions asked by visors throughout the pandemic is “Are masks required in Las Vegas?”. Making things more confusing, the answer has changed frequently over time as conditions have evolved.
As people are traveling to Las Vegas from around the country, and the world, we thought it would be helpful to put together a detailed breakdown of where masks are required and where they are not. We’ll be sure to keep this breakdown updated as conditions change (hopefully for the better).
Are Masks Required Indoors in Las Vegas?
Yes. Masks are required in Las Vegas Casinos, restaurants, attractions, stores, etc. if you’re not actively eating or drinking. In casinos, you can also pull your mask down to smoke. Technically, you’re supposed to replace your mask between sips or drags, however, enforcement has been lighter, in general, this time compared to the previous mandate.
Governor Steve Sisolak has aligned masking requirements by county with CDC recommendations. The current CDC guidance recommends indoor masking in areas of “substantial” or “high” transmission”. Clark County, which is home to Las Vegas has been recognized as just that, and thus masks are required indoors.
Per Nevada’s COVID guidance, a county can drop their indoor mask requirement once they reach and maintain “moderate” or “low” transmission rates for 2 weeks.
Mask Requirements on Public Transportation
Yes. Masks are currently required when utilizing any form of public transit in Las Vegas. That mask requirement extends beyond busses and covers taxis, trams, and rideshare operators like Uber and Lyft.
The transportation mask mandate is a result of a federal government directive that is currently in effect until January 18th, 2022 but could be extended based on conditions.
Are Masks Required at Events and Shows in Las Vegas?
It depends. But for the most part, yes.
While masks are still required at the vast majority of shows, events, and conferences in Las Vegas, Governor Sisolak has extended some leniency to certain venues and conventions that require vaccination as a condition of entry. Specifically, large venues and trade shows (with a capacity of 4,000+) can allow their fully vaccinated attendees to remove their masks IF vaccination is a requirement to get in.
This rule also allows those venues to admit partially vaccinated patrons, however, the partially vaccinated would still need to wear a mask.
In his press conference, the Governor stated his intent to roll this option to smaller venues and events in the future, however, there are not yet updates to report on this front yet.
The Las Vegas Raiders have jumped on board and are requiring attendees to be vaccinated as a condition of entry. Fans will use the Clear app for verification and the Raiders will be offering a vaccination clinic on-site for those that need their first dose to gain entry.
The Vegas Golden Knights have decided to not mandate vaccination, and masks will be required until the indoor mandate is lifted.
Are Masks Required at the Pool in Las Vegas? Or Outdoors at all?
No. All outdoor areas are exempt from mask requirements, although businesses have the option to adopt stricter policies when deemed necessary.
Are Masks Required at the Airport & on Airplanes
Yes. Masks are currently required at all US Airports and on aircraft unless actively eating or drinking per the same federal mandate referenced above for public transportation.
Status of COVID in Clark County
When will the mask mandate in Las Vegas be lifted?
Only time will tell, however, it appears Clark County has turned the corner with both daily case counts and test positivity declining in recent weeks. For up-to-date reporting on pandemic figures in Nevada, we suggest checking out this dashboard put together by the Nevada Independant.
Hopefully, we were able to clear up where masks are currently required in Las Vegas. As the delta wave subsides, and vaccinations pick up, we’re hopeful for a more normal and maskless version of Las Vegas in the near future!
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