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Some Las Vegas properties require workers to wear face coverings

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LAS VEGAS (AP) – Some Las Vegas resorts and casinos are again requiring employees to wear masks, in response to a recommendation issued by regional health officials amid the rising rate of COVID-19 cases.

The Southern Nevada Health District recommended Friday that all people, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated, wear face covers in public places such as stores, malls, casinos and events.

The district’s recommendation is not mandated, but local media reported that it prompted properties like Westgate Las Vegas, The Venetian and Las Vegas Sands to impose masking requirements on employees.

Some properties also posted the district’s recommendation on the entrances and offered courtesy masks to visitors.

Nevada Resort Association President Virginia Valentine said the district guide was “an important reminder that masks are effective in reducing spread.”

Restrictions affecting casinos and other venues were lifted in May when the state fully returned pandemic control measures to counties.

Nevada health officials reported 938 new COVID-19 cases statewide on Thursday, the largest increase in coronavirus cases in a day since February, and 15 new deaths. An additional 866 cases were reported on Friday.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Nevada ranks fifth among the US states in most new cases per capita in the past 14 days.

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