The Clark County Commissioners voted for businesses to return to 100 percent capacity as of June 1. The move will allow businesses, including restaurants and bars, to return to pre-pandemic levels with no social distancing and no restrictions for large gatherings, although fully vaccinated will not be required to wear a mask.
Last Thursday, Nevada followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new mask guidelines and removed the state mask mandate for those outside and, in many cases, inside when they received the COVID-19 vaccination. According to last week’s data, only about 50 percent of eligible Clark County’s residents aged 16 and over are vaccinated.
Many casinos were already lifting mask mandates for vaccinated customers and employees, and received permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to increase their occupancy rate to 100 percent after it was demonstrated that most of their employees were vaccinated. Restaurants and bars may still require all guests to wear a mask. Grocery stores like Smith’s, Albertsons, Vons, and Whole Foods Market continue to require masks to be worn by shoppers and employees, while Trader Joe’s doesn’t. Big box retailers Target, Costco, and Walmart have dropped their mask requirements for vaccinated individuals, as have CVS in the pharmacy. However, masks are still required at Walgreens. Lees Discount Liquors requires masks, but Total Wine & More does not require vaccinated buyers.
The state continues to require masks in crowded interiors.
Clark County took control of the state’s COVID-19 reduction plans on May 1, originally hoping to reach 60 percent of the vaccinated population by June 1, but demand for the vaccine has been falling in recent weeks. Aside from the casinos that have been given permission to expand occupancy, Clark County’s businesses remain 80 percent open, requiring three feet of social distance.
Texas Station and the Las Vegas Convention Center offer drive-through vaccination services that can each care for 1,000 people per day. Those who prefer a more intimate setting can visit a pop-up vaccination clinic at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club at 6007 Dean Martin Drive on Friday, May 21, from 4pm to 7pm. The Gentlemen’s Club offers a membership card, free bottle of liquor, free lap dance from a vaccinated dancer, tickets to Sexxy After Dark, and limo transport for those visiting the clinic.
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