Traveling to Las Vegas During Covid-19: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Editor’s note – Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials are warning you to delay your trip if you are not fully vaccinated. Below is information on what to know if you plan to travel, last updated in full on April 20.

(CNN) — If you’re planning on traveling to Las Vegas, here’s what you need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The last

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday (April 20) that it had asked the Justice Department to appeal Monday’s ruling by a federal judge that struck down the federal mask mandate for transportation in commmon. The DOJ filed the appeal early Wednesday evening.

“It is the CDC’s continuing assessment that, at this time, an order requiring masking in the domestic transportation corridor remains necessary for public health,” the CDC said in a statement.

“The CDC will continue to monitor public health conditions to determine if such an order remains necessary. The CDC believes this is a lawful order, well within the CDC’s legal authority to protect health. public.”

Earlier Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Americans had a “choice” whether or not to wear a mask on a plane following a court ruling banning the federal mandate of mask on planes, trains and other public transport.

Conclusion: As of 7 p.m. ET on April 20, you are not required to wear a mask on public transport. However, this is a fluid situation. You should watch news reports before you travel.

The basics

Nevada lifted its indoor mask mandate on February 10.

There are no restrictions on domestic travel to Las Vegas or the state of Nevada, but testing and vaccination requirements apply to most international arrivals into the United States.

What’s on offer?

It’s America’s playground for adults, and gambling is the star attraction.

For those not swayed by the lure of slot machines and roulette, Las Vegas has become a major foodie destination. Comedians, singers and other artists have also settled there.

The lights of the Las Vegas Strip at night are a sight in themselves, and nearby desert getaways are exceptional.

who can go

There are no restrictions on domestic travel in Las Vegas.

What are the restrictions?

Unvaccinated travelers from abroad are no longer allowed to enter the United States, with some exceptions. Among these exceptions are unvaccinated children under the age of 18.
Every air traveler over the age of 2 entering the United States needs a negative Covid-19 test result. Passengers are required to take a test within a day of departing their flight to the United States and provide documentation of their lab results. Or they must provide documentation showing that they have recently recovered from Covid-19.

The one-day window for testing applies to all international arrivals, including US citizens.

Las Vegas, along with the rest of Nevada, does not impose any testing or vaccination requirements on domestic travelers arriving for vacation from the United States or its territories.

What is the Covid situation?

As of April 18, there have been nearly 505,700 confirmed cases, more than 27,200 probable cases and approximately 8,350 deaths in Clark County, Nevada, since the pandemic began. Las Vegas is the largest city in Clark County, which has a population of approximately 2.67 million and accounts for approximately 73% of the state’s total population.

As of April 18, the seven-day average test positivity rate was 8.9%. That’s up from the 5.2% recorded on April 4, but down from the January 9 peak of 42.9% at the peak of Omicron’s surge.

What can visitors expect?

The big draws in Vegas – casinos, shows, hotels and restaurants – are open. The state of Nevada lifted its indoor mask mandate on February 10.

At a press conference, Governor Steve Sisolak said, “The time has come for me to announce that Nevada will be rescinding our mask mandate, effective immediately.”

Sisolak said the state is better equipped to fight the pandemic, citing home testing kits and the state’s declining overall case count and hospitalizations.

You can check hotel websites before you go to see their Covid safety measures.

As of April 20, you are no longer required to wear a mask over your nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transport (including planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transport) and at indoors in US transportation hubs.

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