KTNV contacted Governor Steve Sisolak`s office and the LVCVA to see if they had a plan to better enforce the mask requirement at NFR and Cowboy Christmas, but did not listen until the deadline. The NFR mask requirements for 2021, based on the current mandate of the State of Nevada, have been released. “COVID-19 and its variants continue to circulate in our community. As people attend more and more holiday events, it`s important that they continue to wear masks indoors and take extra precautions. These include full COVID-19 vaccination, wearing masks in crowded environments and among people who don`t share your household, the flu shot, staying home when sick, and frequent hand washing,” the health district said. Participants are not required to provide proof of Covid vaccination. According to Clark County rules, this means that all participants indoors must wear a face covering. “We recognize that wearing masks indoors is not perfect, and we continue to work with our show partners to make it as easy as possible for guests at our convention center to stick to them,” said Lori Nelson-Kraft, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. which owns and operates the convention centre.
Gibson said he personally hadn`t seen the widespread avoidance of mask requirements when he went out in public. Compliance with regulations for vendors and show attendees was tight on The Opening Night of Cowboy Christmas on Wednesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Images taken by a Photographer from the Las Vegas Review Journal during the gift exhibition, which runs until September 11. The December races showed several cases in which only a few people wore masks indoors. Gibson said the county investigates complaints of non-compliance and continues to do proactive enforcement, but not as much as in the past. He said the county would not receive any additional funding to enforce the governor`s mask requirement. Fans must also wear masks on the free Teton Ridge NFR Express shuttles. Although she wore a mask when she occupied her booth, Slattery said she was not concerned about the risk of contracting the coronavirus because of her beliefs. Clark County Commissioners Jim Gibson and William McCurdy II said they had not heard of a lack of mask compliance at the Rodeo National Final or Cowboy Christmas, but said they would contact the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Fans are required to wear masks at the NFR and Cowboy Christmas Gift Show in Las Vegas, but are not required to provide proof of COVID vaccination.
Nelson-Kraft said the convention agency worked with the event`s host society, Las Vegas Events, to address the issue by distributing masks to attendees at entrances, letting volunteers walk around the exhibit space with “masks required” signs, talking to suppliers and issuing reminders of the NFR app. social media channels and pre-recorded airline ads. Herds of rodeo fans who rejected Nevada`s indoor mask requirement at this year`s Cowboy Christmas have caught the attention of state regulators. “It`s always a partnership and everyone needs to do their part by wearing their masks so we can continue to enjoy the big events and gatherings,” Meghin Delaney, a spokesman for Gov. Steve Sisolak, said in an email. At large events where participants are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, participants may choose not to wear a mask. Neither the national finals rodeo nor the associated Cowboy Christmas meet this requirement. The Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reviewing a recommendation it received regarding a lack of mask compliance at the Rodeo Companion Western Gift Show national final, Nevada Department of Business and Industry spokeswoman Teri Williams said in an email.
Gibson, who plans to attend the rodeo next week, said he was unsure of the rules of the governor`s guidelines that apply to the event and wanted to see how the LVCVA informed organizers of the event. To comply with current state guidelines, the NFR now requires face masks at the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center rodeo and the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the cowboys` Christmas event takes place. McCurdy said the county has tried to ensure compliance by issuing guidelines for hotel and convention partners. He said from what he understands, that there is compliance. He said he wanted to do his part to promote compliance with the mask requirement, keep things open and maintain public health. The lack of compliance comes the same week that the governor`s office announced that the requirement to wear a mask would continue at least until the end of the year and that Clark County was facing an increase in the COVID-19 testing positivity rate. UNLV epidemiologist Brian Labus said masking does not offer complete protection against the virus, but works with vaccination to provide the best possible protection. Labus said public health officials initially thought 60 to 70 percent of the community to be vaccinated would be enough to combat the spread of the virus and file mask requirements. Gibson said everyone wanted the requirement to wear a mask to go away, but the county needed to reach the right thresholds for it.
Many people have made no attempt to follow the state`s mask requirement inside. The Wrangler National Finals rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center requires masks for fans in attendance, but no proof of vaccination is required, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association said Tuesday. The Southern Nevada Health District said in a statement that wearing a mask is an effective tool to slow the spread of the coronavirus and urged people to wear it to protect themselves and the community. Exhibitors at the gift fair will also have the option to leave the show with a full refund if they do not agree to the requirement to wear a mask, she added. The governor said he would talk to officials in his office about mask compliance at large gatherings, but did not provide any information. Nevada`s mask requirement is bound by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For counties to relinquish the mandate, positivity rates in these jurisdictions must fall below 8% and remain there for two weeks. Counties must also have a case rate of less than 50 per 100,000. Based on current Nevada state guidelines, which have been in effect since September, Las Vegas Events announced today that the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center will both require masks for admission. Proof of vaccination is not required to access it. If proof of vaccination is not a condition of entry to indoor events or crowded outdoor spaces in Clark County, all people, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a face covering. A Clark County spokesman said county offices were closed Friday and his team would answer questions about enforcing the mask requirement Monday.
A representative of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association could not be reached for comment Friday. Contact Blake Apgar at bapgar @reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5298. Follow @blakeapgar on Twitter. Contact Colton Lochhead at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @ColtonLochhead on Twitter. Staff member Mary Hynes and McKenna Ross, a member of the Report for America Corps, contributed to this report. Only Esmeralda County met the requirements to relinquish the mandate. According to the organizer, the last four shows in Las Vegas (2016 – 2020) attracted an average of 250,000 people.
This year, NFR performances will begin an hour earlier than in previous years in an attempt to accommodate East Coast audiences. Rodeo events begin at 5:45 p.m. in Las Vegas. The Wrangler NFR will run from December 2-11, while The Cowboy Channel Cowboy Christmas will open its doors on December 1 and run until December 11. LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – At this year`s Rodeo (NFR) and Cowboy Christmas National Finals, face coverings will be mandatory for anyone attending indoor events. Longtime saleswoman Jocelyn Slattery, executive secretary of the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, said the deal was critical to continuing her mission of spreading the gospel to cowboys on the rodeo circuit. Last year, the rodeo was held at the Texas Rangers` baseball stadium, Globe Life Park, in Arlington, as COVID-19 restrictions in Las Vegas prevented the rodeo from generating enough revenue for the cash prize and stock deal. “We missed you like we missed the family last year,” Hill said. In the case of Cowboy Christmas, the complaint goes through the agency`s normal complaint and referral process. Nevada OSHA has a responsibility only for employers and employees, not for the general public. “They take a bunch of gaffes from people,” he said. “It`s not fair either.
We have lost some decency and courtesy because of the pandemic. Kate Voldmanis, a first-time congresswoman and Kemosabe buyer, said the atmosphere in the south convention hall was electrifying as people flocked to the ground. The agency changed its approach to enforcing compliance over the summer and now only conducts proactive controls in the healthcare sector. In other situations, Nevada`s OSHA only responds to complaints, Williams said. “It`s kind of like seat belts and airbags working together,” he said. “You can`t just rely on one of these things. The more of these things you have, the better off you will be. » Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, distributed, rewritten or redistributed.
“We`ve gone through closures and fears, and we`ve all had COVID,” she said. “As long as people are safe and smart, I think we`ll all get through it. I hope so. “The #1 priority is always to ensure that not only our employees, but also our participants are safe,” he said. Organizers say the demand for the show has never been higher. In 2019, the event attracted more than 250,000 participants. “Masks are also needed on the free Teton Ridge NFR Express shuttles that connect 24 sponsor hotels to the Thomas & Mack Center.