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Clark County Commissioners pass COVID-19 mitigation plan revision, sets full reopening date

Posted at 12:03 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 13:53:21-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Clark County Commissioners passed a revision to the COVID-19 mitigation and management plan unanimously during a Tuesday meeting.

Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick said capacity limits will go back to pre-pandemic levels starting June 1, where fully vaccinated people will not have to wear masks except for a few exceptions.

Commissioner Jim Gibson also said businesses and other private establishments will still have the right to require masks if they wish, but the group voted unanimously to remove all capacity limits to start next month.

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The county went on to share its plan that says fully vaccinated people will no longer have to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Commissioner Kirkpatrick also said the commissioners decided to forego the 60% vaccination goal with the revised plan because the vulnerable population (those 65 years and older) has surpassed the 60% threshold and that the current COVID positivity rate is under 5%.

“We’ve seen that our most vulnerable which were the 70 and above have for sure reached the 60 percent. Even those over 60 have reached 60 percent and those over 50 are very close to being over 60 percent," she said.

Clark County worked with the Southern Nevada Health District and community stakeholders including the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite, and Boulder City on the matter.

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Masks will also continue to be required on planes, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States.

“This is a major milestone in the region’s response and recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said North Las Vegas City Councilman Scott Black, who also chairs the Southern Nevada Health District Board of Health. “For the past 15 months, the city of North Las Vegas has worked closely with Clark County and neighboring cities to analyze, plan and carry out mitigation and enforcement efforts that align with CDC, state and SNHD guidelines. The city will continue to support regional efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and reach all residents, especially access to testing, vaccines and other relief for those who live in under-vaccinated communities, as we work together to safely reopen our economy.”

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