Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (D-NV) wrote in a statement released on Thursday that, effective immediately, there will no longer be a mask mandate.
Good morning, I wanted to take a moment to update you all on where we are with the status of COVID-19 in our communities. You can follow my live press conference on my YouTube channel here: https://t.co/J22OrAgsqc
— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) February 10, 2022
Business, educational institutions, and other indoor settings will still be able to put into place their own vaccination policies, however.
“Masks will no longer be required in public places, but there are still some locations where you may be asked to wear a mask,” wrote Sisolak.
“Masks are not required for students and teachers and employees beginning tomorrow morning,” the governor continued.
Sisolak said that there were some who have been ready for the lifting of mask mandates for a while, and others who are not yet comfortable with the idea.
“There’s a wide range of opinions on this. I have to make the decision and balance all the factors and data provided to me. I feel now is an appropriate time to move forward.”
“I respect the CDC … never say never. I’m hopeful that there won’t be another variant or more severe variant… we’re in a good position to drop this. Everyone wants to get back to their normal life, whatever normal is,” he said.
“Masks will not be required for staff, students or teachers starting tomorrow morning. If a particular school board wants to go further and require masks, they are entitled to do that,” he continued.
“Just like vaccines, masks are still a great tool we have to slow the spread of the virus. I expect going forward to still see Nevadans and visitors occasionally utilizing masks when they are out in public,” said Gov. Sisolak. “The State will no longer require masks in public places, but employers and organizations, including school districts, may set their own policies, and I encourage them to work with their employees and communities to ensure that policies are in place.”
Masks will no longer be required in public places, but there are locations where Nevadans and visitors may still be asked to wear a mask, the statement says.
Masks and protective equipment requirements in facilities serving vulnerable populations – like hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities -will be overseen at the direction of the Department of Health and Human services. The safety of health care staff and patients remain the top priority. Also, federally, masks are still mandated in airports, on planes, and on public buses and school buses.
Teachers and schools will no longer be required to wear masks, but school districts will need to work with their local health authorities to have plans in place to manage and respond to outbreaks.