Statement from Nevada AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer on Clark County Mask Mandate

Las Vegas, Nev. — Today, following yesterday's passage of a Clark County mask mandate for employees while at work, Nevada AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rusty McAllister released the following statement: 

“Today, the Clark County Commission took an important step to protect Nevada’s working people by requiring employees to wear masks while on the job. This policy will afford Nevada’s working people a necessary measure of safety in their workplaces while still allowing business in the County—which encompasses the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown—to continue. 

Vaccinations are helping us take control of this pandemic, but we must not let our guard down. While millions of Nevadans are doing the right thing and getting vaccinated, there are still many who live in or visit our state who have not gotten their shot. This mandate in Clark County will protect both the lives AND the livelihoods of many working Nevadans, and of many of our affiliates’ members, and ensure that we do not move backward by allowing the spread of COVID-19.”

Starting July 22, 2021, at midnight, employees will be required to wear a face mask when inside their place of work, regardless of vaccination status. The requirement will be in place until August 17, 2021, when the policy will be reviewed.

The Clark County mask mandate for employees comes four days after the Southern Nevada Health District recommended both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals wear masks in crowded indoor public places, including grocery stores, malls, large events, and casinos.