Nevada governor rescinds indoor mask mandate

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) on Thursday rescinded the state’s mask mandate in public places, including schools, effective immediately.

why it matters: Nevada now joins several other Democrat-controlled states that have also ended their mask requirements and other restrictions meant to lower the spread of COVID-19 this week.

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  • Nevada’s mask mandate will still be in place in health care facilities, on public and school buses and in airports, which are regulated by the federal government.

  • Sisolak, who cited a “rapid” decline in cases and falling hospitalizations, said school districts and businesses can now set their own masking policies and encouraged organizations to put such policies in place.

By the numbers: Sisolak said the state is currently averaging 1,280 cases per day, well below the number of cases it was reporting when case number peaked in mid-January because of the Omicron variant of the virus.

What they’re saying:We are at this point now because as Nevadans we always look out for one another — that’s our Battle Born spirit and that’s the Nevada way,” Sisolak said in announcing the end of the mask mandate.

The big picture: Sisolak, who is up for re-election in the swing state this year, has faced pressure from business leaders and organizations to loosen the state’s mask mandate, AP report.

  • Though Biden administration officials have said that pandemic restrictions could end “soon,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommend wearing a mask indoors in communities with high levels of transmissibility.

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