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No face masks at conventions where everyone is vaccinated, Sisolak says

CES Gadget Show

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In this Jan. 7, 2020, file photo, crowds enter the convention center on the first day of the CES tech show, in Las Vegas.

Organizers of large conventions can opt into a Nevada directive that allows attendees to be maskless indoors as long as proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition to enter, Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office announced Thursday.

The directive, implemented last month, originally applied to events with at least 4,000 in attendance at venues with fixed-seating, such as Allegiant Stadium, where the Raiders are requiring all fans to show proof of vaccination this NFL season.

Recently, two of the most popular Las Vegas conventions — the Consumer Technology Association’s CES Show and the National Association of Broadcasters’ NAB Show — announced that their events were requiring proof of COVID-19 jabs for entry. 

“In line with the large event masking exception that became effective last month, this is not a requirement to show proof of vaccination to attend a convention,” Sisolak’s office said in a release. “It is an optional exception to the mask requirement if the convention operator chooses to require proof of vaccination for all attendees.”   

The directive applies to jurisdictions with substantial or high levels of COVID-19 transmission, which applies to most of Nevada, according to guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Partially vaccinated attendees and children under 12 would be required to wear face coverings, and organizers have to implement systems to check for vaccination status and to distinguish between the partial or fully inoculated, according to the directive. Organizers must receive certification from the Nevada Department of Business and Industry and the local health authority.

Organizers have discretionary options for which systems of verification they use. The Raiders, for example, contracted Clear’s Health Pass app, which also lists upcoming conventions, such as the NAB Show and the Structured Finance SFVegas, and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles being held in Las Vegas through this weekend. 

The World Series of Poker is also listed as a Clear client.