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Nye County commissioners vote to reopen at 100% capacity, no mask mandate

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nye County commissioners on Tuesday voted unanimously to proceed with reopening at 100% capacity.

With the vote, the five commissioners also approved recommending to not mandate mask wearing in the county.

By executive order, Nevada counties currently must follow a 50% capacity limit. The state's Roadmap to Recovery says the statewide mask mandate will remain in place indefinitely after May 1, the goal date to transition COVID-19 mitigation from state to local authority.

During the Tuesday board meeting, a Nye County official told commissioners that the agenda item did not pass legal review.

The district attorney is reviewing these provisions and how they could be implemented, said Public Information Officer Arnold Knightley.

The owner of a clothing store in Pahrump on Wednesday afternoon said he'll abide by the state rules.

"The state says you got to wear a mask to stay open. Then I wear a mask to stay open. I need to pay my bills like everyone else, if this is required, then it stays on," he said.

And yet, sides are still split from those who say, with the pandemic dragging on, the state is overreaching, to others like longtime resident Valerie Brewster who believes sticking to the rules just a little while longer is a smart thing to do.

"I don't care if they want to take the masks away, that's OK. I'm 74, I want to live a little longer," she said.

Nye County was not able to provide timeline on when the county is looking to implement the new policies.

On April 22, the county is scheduled to present a plan to the state COVID-19 task force to transition from state to local authority over mitigation laws and policies.


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