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MASK OR NO MASK: Las Vegas casinos, popular venues relax restrictions

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Posted at 6:28 PM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-15 02:47:00-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas is starting to feel much more like normal with a number of casino properties and popular venues allowing fully vaccinated guests to walk around without a mask.

The list of places dropping the mask requirement to be in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to grow and change.

RELATED: Gov. Sisolak: Nevada to follow latest CDC mask-wearing guidance

Scott Roeben of VitalVegas.com was at Circa in downtown Las Vegas when the mask mandate was relaxed.

"The energy has changed, the fun is back and it happened so quickly," explained Roeben who took to Twitter to reflect on the change.

"It really, truly, has been a long time coming and it's just so welcomed because Vegas is all about being carefree and wearing a mask it's kind of the opposite of being carefree," said Roeben.

"It was a constant reminder that you had to worry about something or be sad and you're kind of here in Vegas have fun."

Roeben says for months bartenders, cocktail waitresses and other employees were the constant enforcers of the mask mandate for guests who forgot to replace their masks or became complacent.

“These folks are ambassadors for the casino, it was always very awkward for them to be enforcing this rule when their job is to pour drinks and deliver happiness," explained Roeben. "And they can get back to doing that again."

The fully-vaccinated and no mask policy also extends to all Caesars Entertainment Properties, Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts International Properties and the Cosmopolitan among many others.

"Now, strolling through a casino interacting with staff and people without a mask it's very freeing," said Roeben.

"I think it's great for people who are fully vaccinated, we've been fully vaccinated since February," said Kimberly Cancino, visiting from Denver.

"It's good to be on vacation, not having to worry about wearing a mask," said Alexander Cancino.

"Once you're vaccinated, hopefully, everyone gets vaccinated," he added.

13 Action News also reached out to both Cowabunga Bay and Wet N' Wild about their mask policies.

Cowabunga Bay is keeping their same mask policies for now, which includes wearing masks in line to enter the park, and when making a purchase (retail and food lines).

RELATED: Mask guidance relaxed for vaccinated individuals, employers can impose their own mask requirements

Wet 'n' Wild's website indicates their mask policy remains in place including for entry and while purchasing items.

Doctors and the CDC urge those who are at risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and are unable or have not been vaccinated yet should remain cautious and wear a mask.