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Las Vegas businesses respond to Clark County employee mask mandate

Posted at 2:59 PM, Jul 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-21 20:50:56-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A mask mandate will soon take effect in the Las Vegas area which requires masks to be worn by employees in Clark County while they are inside the place they work.

Workers are already masked up at Max Pawn. The pawn shop's policy comes as Clark County commissioners voted to bring back a mask mandate on Tuesday for all employees working indoors amid rising COVID-19 case numbers.

Max Pawn Owner Michael Mack says he’s all for it in the name of protecting everyone.

“We want to stay in business. We want our customers to be healthy. We want our employees to be healthy,” he said.

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Mack says his shop has been proactive in masking employees and says masks work on keeping his workers and customers safe.

“I travel to Asia quite often. When you have a common cold, you wear a mask. You don’t spread those common diseases or germs anywhere,” he said.

RJ Khalaf, director of operations at Kalifano, also supports the move saying many of his workers at his stores on the Strip continue to mask up with so many visitors stopping by.

“Most of the people wanted to wear masks anyway because it’s so international. So many people traveling through the malls at any time,” he said.

He says this is a way to avoid any closures as he can’t afford to shut down again with his businesses finally getting back on their feet.

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“The shutdown was absolutely brutal on our business and we barely made it out and thankfully business has rebounded and now it’s strong,” he said.

Mack says he encourages customers to mask up when they come inside and hopes it will help make a difference.

“Now, everyone’s masked up. It’s really no big deal for us and we’re looking forward to seeing those numbers come down,” he said.

The new mandate goes into effect at midnight July 22 and will last through August 17.