LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 79% of Nevada businesses surveyed by state officials on Friday complied with the statewide mask mandate, according to the Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) and Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
That's an increase from the 49% compliance rate on Thursday.
On July 3, officials visited casino hotel pools, a water park, bars, and gaming floors and found a statewide compliance rate of 76%; 82% in Northern Nevada and 75% in the Southern Nevada.
The surveys concluded:
- Water park - not in compliance
- Casino hotel pools - 40% compliance
- Bars - 80% compliance
- Casino hotel gaming floors - 80% compliance
Since the governor’s Declaration of Emergency Directive 024 went into effect on June 26, approximately 84% of businesses in Northern Nevada and 66% of businesses in Southern Nevada were in compliance on the date of the initial observation.
The Division has conducted 921 initial field observations at large and small establishments including grocery, home improvement and clothing stores, hair and nail salons, tattoo parlors, bars and restaurant lounges, casino hotel gaming floors and pools.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A BUSINESS DOES NOT COMPLY?
If noncompliance is found during an initial observation, the business is provided a written notice and request for voluntary compliance and a follow up visit by Nevada OSHA officials will be conducted.
If a violation is found during the follow up visit, a notice of citation and penalty will be issued.
The maximum penalty of $134,940 can be assessed to an employer that willfully violates the provisions of the directive.
In addition, a notice will be provided to the business indicating that in the event of future noncompliance, the Administrator may issue an Order requiring the business to cease all activity at the business location during this state of emergency under NRS 618.545(1) until the business has established and implemented operating procedures to comply with the requirements.
HOW TO REPORT A BUSINESS
Nevada OSHA has received over 1,000 COVID-19 safety-related complaints since mid-March.
Since the face covering mandate went into effect, complaint volume received by the established hotlines has increased significantly.
Additional staff has been assigned to help assist with these call volumes. The agency is collaborating with local jurisdictions and other regulatory agencies through information sharing and response coordinate to address the most critical and pressing complaints.
Due to high call volumes, employees are encouraged to file complaints online at osha.gov.
Residents in Clark County who wish to file a complaint about business can email CCBLenforcement@ClarkCountyNV.gov or call 702-455-6562.