Gov. Steve Sisolak delivers a message on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nevada will follow suit with Centers for Disease Control guidance and ditch masks for fully vaccinated people.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said the state would follow CDC guidance announced Thursday morning. Sisolak said he'd provide more information later Thursday.

"I strongly urge all Nevadans who have not yet taken advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible," Sisolak said.

The CDC announced Thursday that it would no longer recommend fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in most circumstances. Fully vaccinated people were advised that they didn't have to wear masks outdoors.

The state released the following guidelines on the new directive:

  • The State of Nevada neither requires nor prohibits private entities from confirming vaccination status of individuals. Employers and organizations are encouraged to post signage with the latest CDC mask guidance for vaccinated and unvaccinated guests.
  • Private entities and organizations may have mask policies that are more restrictive than the CDC guidance. Workers should consult with their employers regarding workplace COVID-19 safety protocols.
  • In general, people are considered fully vaccinated: 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
  • If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. Talk to your health care provider. Even after vaccination, you may need to continue taking all precautions.
  • The CDC guidance issued today also provided updates on social distancing recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. After the May 1 transition to local authority, each county has the authority to establish social distancing requirements. Nevada residents should consult their county’s local mitigation plan for more information on social distancing guidelines in their county. 

The Clark County Commission announced it added an emergency item regarding mask-wearing to the county's May 18 agenda.

Smith's, Target, Albertson's and Vons have said they will continue to enforce mask-wearing at their stores. 

Some small businesses in the Las Vegas area started taking down their mask requirement signs following the announcement.

In a FOX5 Twitter poll, the majority of viewers said it was time to ditch the masks.

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