Mask Mandate for Nevada Side of Tahoe Area

By R. Keith Rugg | Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The State of Nevada has re-instituted a mask mandate in all but a few rural counties. On the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe, masks that cover both mouth and nose will be required in public indoor settings for all people, regardless of vaccination status, on both the North Shore (Washoe County) and the South Shore (Douglas County). The governor’s directive allows for a grace period for businesses and residents to implement the new rules but encourages people in these counties to mask up as soon as possible. The mandate goes firmly into effect as of Friday, July 30. 

On the California side of the Tahoe region, masks are not currently required for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID (with the exception of when on public transit, in a healthcare setting or while indoors in a child- or youth-oriented environment). Being fully vaccinated means that it has been at least two weeks since a person has had the final dose in their respective vaccination series. Masks are still required for people who are not vaccinated when they are indoors in public. Please note, however, that businesses may still impose stricter guidelines for their customers than those that are in effect among the general public at large, such as requiring that masks be worn by all people on the premises or that social-distancing guidelines be observed. Also be aware that many other Northern California counties are moving toward mask regulations similar to those now in place in most of Nevada, and it is possible that masks may be required indoors as well in the near future.

Photo at right: Pixabay, David Mark

About the Author R. Keith Rugg
Veteran journalist R. Keith Rugg has worked with several area publications, including a number of years on staff at the Tahoe Daily Tribune and the Reno Gazette-Journal.