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Confusion of masks: Las Vegas restaurants vary in details of following CDC guidelines


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – While other retailers like Target, Walmart, and even Costco will follow CDC guidelines, many people don’t know what to do when dining out.

Some restaurateurs rely on an honor system.

At Gaetano’s Ristorante on Eastern Avenue near St. Rose Parkway, those vaccinated have removed their masks. And some still wear masks.

Restaurant owners trust their customers when they decide they’re ready for dinner.

Owner Nicholas Palmeri said Gaetano’s went above and beyond to ensure employees and guests are safe, making sure to follow all Southern Nevada Health District and CDC regulations.

“For example, our employees who are vaccinated, they don’t have to wear a mask,” Palmeri said.

“The majority of my employees have been with me for over seven years and they are like family,” he said.

With the new mask guidelines, last weekend was definitely a test of what people are comfortable with. Palmeri says some of the guests were still wearing masks. Others took them away.

He hopes they are safe.

Bryan Wachter of the Retail Association of Nevada released this statement:

We have had the greatest success in implementing COVID regulations when all of our governments provided clear and concise guidance. With the latest guidance from the CDC regarding the removal of the mask requirement, our local governments have not been able to meet these new expectations, resulting in conflicting policies and enforcement at the level of the government. State, local and individual retailers.

Technically, the law of the land to this day in Clark County is that masks are still required until the county commission says otherwise. It’s the Retail Association of Nevada’s position that COVID-19 guidelines should follow science; it’s time to move away from masks now that vaccines have dramatically reduced rates of transmission. We hope local governments in Nevada will quickly update their guidelines to match the CDC’s recommendation and end the confusion.

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Rodrigo Ibarra, vice president of Don Tortaco, says they are still unsure of the best protocol to follow.

Customers want to know what to expect: Are their favorite restaurants following what other restaurants are doing? Rely on an honor system?

The two restaurant owners said they didn’t necessarily see more revenue last weekend, but they noticed more people and were having fun.

Smith’s Food and Drug had this today after our recent report on various retailer policies:

Today, the Kroger family of companies continue to require everyone in our stores to wear masks. We encourage and encourage associate vaccinations by offering a one-time payment of $ 100 to associates who receive recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are reviewing current safety practices, the latest CDC guidelines, and soliciting input from associates to guide the next phase of our policy.

In addition, we continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing, as well as to consider the use of contactless grocery delivery or low contact grocery pickup.

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