No, You Are No Longer Required To Wear A Mask Inside Las Vegas Casinos

Written By Marc Meltzer on February 10, 2022
Mask Mandates No Longer Required In Las Vegas Casinos

On Thursday morning, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that the state will rescind its mask mandate in public places effective immediately.

Masks are no longer required in public places and casinos.

However, it’s not time to fully ditch the face coverings. Businesses now have the option to require customers to wear a mask. There will be some individual businesses that still choose to require customers to wear a mask. Anyone who prefers to wear a mask in public may still do so.

Until March 18, federal guidelines still require customers wear a mask. These facilities include airports and airplanes. Anyone flying to Las Vegas will still be required to wear a mask while on the plane and at Harry Reid International Airport.

Public transportation also falls under federal guidelines. Anyone taking a bus to get around Las Vegas will still have to wear a face covering. The Duece bus service is an inexpensive way to get around Las Vegas.

Private transportation companies like Uber and Lyft still have face mask requirements as well.

Music and entertainment venues may still have certain vaccination requirements from performing artists. This is a fluid situation. Visit the website for specific venues as this information can change at any time.

Las Vegas casino mask requirements

The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) followed Sisolak’s announcement with the same information for casinos.

In a notice to licensed casinos in Nevada, the NGCB stated,

“Individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in public indoor settings in licensed gaming establishments.”

However, a local jurisdiction may have its own mask requirement. If this happens the casinos in that area must comply.

The NGCB will continue to monitor that casinos are still using best practices to help mitigate transmission of Covid-19.

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Looking back at Las Vegas casino mask policies

Las Vegas casinos closed on April 1, 2020, to help slow the spread of COVID-19. When casinos reopened on June 4, masks were recommended but not required for entry to a casino.

When Las Vegas casinos reopened they had to comply with social distancing policies from the NGCB. The gaming floor was allowed to operate up to 50% occupancy. Tables games and slot machines had limited positions available for guests.

In addition to social distancing, casino operators had to provide health and safety plans. The NGCB set minimum requirements but casinos were allowed to do more.

For example, MGM Resorts had an eight-page seven-point plan for its properties. This includes everything from cleaning to new air filtration.

Casino operators first started to require guests to wear a face-covering in late June 2020. Fast forward to July 30, 2021, and masks were once again required inside of Nevada casinos.

This policy continued into 2022 but was rescinded for public places and casinos in Nevada in February.

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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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