LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Clark County Board of Commissioners discussed COVID-19 increasing cases and mitigation efforts during an emergency meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
The board voted unanimously to require employees of indoor, public spaces to wear masks while at work. The requirement will go into effect on July 22. The board will take it up again on Aug. 17 when commissioners are scheduled to reconvene.
The Southern Nevada Health District recommended requiring masks for everyone while spending time in indoor, public spaces such as grocery stores and gyms.
Dozens of community members lined up to make their voices heard. After several warnings from commissioners, a handful of people were escorted out of the meeting.
The board also voted to develop a marketing campaign for younger demographics, to address low vaccination rates among that group.
Shortly after the vote, Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a statement in support of Clark County's decision, and said he was directing all state employees who work in Clark County to wear face coverings at work.
Gov. Sisolak issued the following statement on Tuesday:
I support the Clark County Commission for using their local authority to issue this mitigation measure amid significant community transmission in Southern Nevada and as we continue our joint effort to increase access and confidence in the COVID-19 vaccines. State agencies and leaders are working every day with my Office in joint unity with local leaders and health districts to combat recent increases. The State remains completely committed to provide every resource and support available to all of our counties as we see a rise in cases among the unvaccinated, driven by the Delta variant. If you are not vaccinated, or if you know someone who is not vaccinated, now is the time to get your shot and ensure that Nevada continues on our path to recovery.
The Clark County School District, Nevada Gaming Control Board and the Nevada System of Higher Education have issued statements saying that they will ensure compliance in their Clark County institutions.
Albertsons, which is owned by the same company as Vons, released a statement saying the grocery stores will follow the local policy, as well:
Throughout the pandemic, the health and safety of our associates, shoppers, and everyone who walks through our doors has been our top priority. We will require our associates in Clark County, NV to wear masks and expect that our customers follow all applicable local and state regulations with respect to face coverings for their protection and for that of our associates.