On Thursday, Nevada Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak announced that, effective immediately, the state's mask mandate for indoor settings will no longer be in effect.
However, individual business, educational institutions, and other indoor settings will still be allowed to implement their own mask mandates.
"Masks will no longer be required in public places, but there are still some locations where you may be asked to wear a mask," said Sisolak, according to Fox 5 Nevada.
"Please be as considerate and as kind as you can possibly be," said Sisolak, regarding those who still wish to wear masks. He also added that it is still recommended that certain individuals with health problems wear the masks to protect themselves.
"I encourage everyone to follow your conscience... I think we're taking another step forward," he concluded.
When asked what his comments were to people who are "not ready for this step yet," Sisolak responded, going on to note that the CDC guideline haven't been updated since the far more severe Delta variant was discovered.
"There's a wide range of opinion on this. I have to make the decision and balance all the factors and data provided to me. I feel now is an appropriate time to move forward."
"I respect the CDC ... never say never. I'm hopeful that there won't be another variant or more severe variant... we're in a good position to drop this. Everyone wants to get back to their normal life, whatever normal is," he added.
Starting tomorrow morning, students and staff at school will no longer be required by the state to wear masks, though Sisolak said that individual districts are allowed to implement their own mandates.
"Masks will not be required for staff, student or teachers starting tomorrow (2/11) morning. If a particular school board wants to go further and require masks, they are entitled to do that."
Federal rules also still require that people wear masks on all forms of public transportation. This encompasses "airplanes, trains, subways, buses, school buses, taxis, ride-shares, monorails, maritime transportation, trolleys and cable cars."
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