What Nevada Governor Sisolak’s mask mandate means for you

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Reno Police Jason Soto talks about police stopping citizens who are not wearing masks. Reno Gazette Journal

During a Wednesday afternoon press conference, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced that all Nevadans must wear masks while in public, including in private businesses

The order will go into effect Thursday, June 25, at 11:59 p.m.

After apologizing for being seen in public without wearing a mask, Governor Sisolak stated that “wearing mask coverings save lives, period. End of story. We owe it to each other to accept the fact that wearing face mask coverings saves lives.” 

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Rules of the mandatory mask order

The new directive closely mirrors California’s mask order, in which all citizens must cover their mouths and nose in most indoor and outdoor settings when social distancing isn’t possible.

Here are the rules as follows:

  • Nevadans and visitors don’t need to wear medical-grade N95 masks.
  • Fabric coverings like a bandana or cloth covering is accepted. 
  • Businesses that fail to meet requirements will face violations from licensing agencies and regulatory authorities.
  • Businesses have the right to ask a customer to leave if they are not following this directive.
  • Exceptions include those with medical conditions, people who have a disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering, and children between the ages of 2 and 9.
  • Nevadans and visitors without masks won’t be fined, but the governor did not rule out the possibility of monetary penalties.

How to make your own face mask:

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If you can’t purchase a mask, here’s how to make one from a t-shirt. USA TODAY

“A mask helps reduce the spread of infectious disease,” Sisolak said. “Anyone who is denying that is denying reality.”

Click here to see helpful tips on making your very own mask

Bryce Houston is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @B_ryce8.

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