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Gov. Sisolak mandates face coverings in Nevada

Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 5:21 PM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak on Wednesday mandated the wearing of face masks in places accessible to the public, whether it is privately owned or government-owned.

This includes grocery stores, retail businesses, malls and gaming properties.

It starts Friday. It applies to both Nevadans and visitors to the state.

“Wearing face coverings saves lives. Period. End of story,” Sisolak said in a press conference.

There are exceptions: People who have their breathing restricted by face coverings, people who are medically unable to wear a face mask and children ages 2 to 9.

He said he has tabled discussing moving on to the next phase of reopening the state while COVID-19 cases are surging around the state.

A wide range of medical professionals said wearing face coverings saves lives. If 80 percent of the population does, there is a significant reduction, Sisolak said. If only 50 percent does, the virus will continue to rage.

Businesses that don’t enforce the mandate face sanctions from local government and from the state Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

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