Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-07-21 02:26:16 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — From midnight Thursday, many Clark County employees will have to wear masks again.
The county commissioner unanimously voted on Tuesday night to request employees for masks indoors in public spaces at work, regardless of vaccination status. They state that their decision is the result of an increase in COVID-19 cases and stagnant vaccination rates in southern Nevada.
There are some complaints about the new requirements, but county leaders feel they need them.
“I was a little disappointed to go back to the mask,” said JJ Wylie, co-owner of Grouchy John’s Coffee.
For months, coffee shop employees could choose to wear a mask if they were vaccinated. But soon, that is no longer the case.
“I’m a little disappointed that I’ve come this far. I feel like I’m back a bit,” Wily said.
Public comments at the committee were heated. Before the decision was made, the commissioners listened to those who expressed their opinions. The majority of attendees opposed additional mitigation measures.
“I want to see each other’s faces,” said one woman.
“You have to stop your political drama,” emphasized one man.
“It’s up to us to decide on our health,” another woman added.
Commissioners recognize that mask requirements are not ideal.
“We don’t want to do this,” District G Commissioner Jim Gibson told 8 News Now.
But if things don’t improve, he says he’s worried about our medical capabilities and the possibility of conventions and shows canceling our trip to Las Vegas.
“The risks we take are the lack of hospital care and / or the lack of a thriving economy, neither of which is acceptable,” Gibson said.
Employees of Jin Las Vegas, a restaurant in downtown Summerlin, have never stopped wearing masks, and the manager agrees with the county’s decision.
“In fact, 70% of our employees were vaccinated, but they still required them to wear masks,” said Roy Saunders, managing partner of Jing Las Vegas. “Here in Jin, the status quo will remain the same.”
Companies are looking at the bright side.
“We’re happy that we don’t have to discuss this with our customers yet,” Wily said. “I hope it’s not too far away.”
The new mask requirements will continue until August 17, when Clark County Commissioner reviews the issue.
The commissioner also requires major employers such as casinos, malls and grocery stores to submit a COVID mitigation plan by next Monday. Local businesses are also required to post new signs recommending that everyone wear masks indoors, following recent recommendations from the South Nevada Health District.