‘I know you’re frustrated. I am too’: Gov. Sisolak addresses mask mandate

Gov. Steve Sisolak holds a press briefing in Las Vegas on Aug. 5, 2021 to give update on...
Gov. Steve Sisolak holds a press briefing in Las Vegas on Aug. 5, 2021 to give update on Nevada's COVID-19 situation.(KOLO)
Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 11:55 AM PDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 2:30 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KOLO) - Governor Steve Sisolak urged Nevadans to get vaccinated Thursday during an address from Las Vegas, and explained his reasoning for reinstating the state mask mandate.

“I know you’re frustrated. I am too,” the governor said when it comes to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

“The last thing I wanted to do was make Nevadans put their masks back on.”

Gov. Sisolak said the mandate was necessary to keep up with the the Delta variant. “The virus has mutated, we must evolve as well,” he said.

The governor assured Nevadans he was not imposing new gathering or capacity restrictions.

He also said his team is taking steps to continue recovery efforts in Nevada, including looking into requiring all students attending in-class instruction at public universities and colleges to be vaccinated against COVID-19. He said the recommendations his medical advisers propose would be brought to the Nevada State Board of Health for consideration, but said there would be no impact on students returning to class this semester.

The governor is also looking to his medical advisory team for vaccination recommendations for those who work with vulnerable populations including the homeless and who work in healthcare.

Finally, he is looking at large gatherings including concerts and sporting events and urged venues in the state to work with his office to make these events safer for the public.

“I’m tired of giving mandates, I want the cooperation back,” he said, referencing fans at the Gold Cup soccer match at Allegiant Stadium who were seen without masks on.

Once he receives the requested recommendations from his medical advisers, Gov. Sisolak said he would provide more updates as to what the next steps in Nevada’s recovery would be.

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