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Guests sound off on new mask policies at Las Vegas Strip resorts

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Several Las Vegas Strip properties have adopted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new mask guidelines. While some guests welcome the change, others say they are keeping their masks on, for now.

"I always wear my mask inside," shared Lori Hartsock-Kane. "You don't know who is going to be vaccinated, so you just continue to do what is right for you."

Visitors on the famed stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard voiced their opinions, as properties from MGM Resorts and Caesars to The Cosmopolitan, Wynn and Venetian jumped on board with the updated guidance.

"It's like 50/50," said Tom Caron. "We mask up inside in crowded areas, but outside, we feel all right about it because we are vaccinated."

Diamond Berry told us, "You can't really tell who has been vaccinated or not. We were walking around without masks, and we're not vaccinated." ... Read More

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Clearing the confusion: Why you should still keep that mask handy

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Mask or no mask? That is the question many people have when they head out in public.

The CDC is saying people who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear it, but businesses can still require it, if they choose.

There is some confusion over the new guidance, so the best piece of advice — keep it handy.

At the Kopper Keg, on Deer Springs and Durango, you don't need to wear it if you are vaccinated, but not all places are jumping on board with these changes.

“There are so many emotions because we have gotten used to it,” said Suzanne Van Buren, bartender at Kopper Keg. “We don't have to tell them, we can't say anything to them or ask anything about it so hopefully everyone abides by the honor system and that is as far as we can go.”

The CDC states if you have been vaccinated for at least two weeks you no longer need it.

Now it is up to businesses... Read More

Caesars Entertainment: Some small venue closures, certain shows not returning

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Caesars Entertainment is shaking up its Las Vegas entertainment lineup. The company told 8 News Now some smaller venues will shutter and certain shows will not return.

The company's statement reads:

Caesars Entertainment has made a strategic decision to refocus the entertainment programming across our Las Vegas properties.

Unfortunately, this means that some of our smaller capacity venues will close, and some shows will not return. Decisions like these are never easy.

Some of these shows have a long history with us and in Las Vegas. While their run with our company is now ending, we are grateful for their incredible performances, their many talented cast and crew members, and everything they brought to our resorts and guests.

As we move in this new direction, Caesars Entertainment remains committed to live entertainment and creating the most exciting stage experiences for our guests."... Read More

Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will not require fully vaccinated guests to wear a mask

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will not require fully vaccinated guests to wear a mask. Their decision went into effect Thursday night, which was right after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance on the mitigation measure.

Gov. Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board said they would follow the recommendations as well.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas sent the following statement:

"In alignment with the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s guidance, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will no longer require fully vaccinated guests and employees to wear masks on [the] property, effective as of Thursday, May 13. Those not considered to be fully vaccinated by CDC standards remain required to wear face coverings until further notice. Additional information on resort health and safety guidelines can be found here."... Read More

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Trader Joe's relaxes mask mandate for vaccinated customers; other chains keeping rule

(WJW) -- Operators of the Trader Joe's grocery chain changed their COVID-19 policy to remove the mask mandate for vaccinated customers.

The alteration to the chain's online policy reads, "We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping."

The change does not supersede whatever local regulations may be in place.

CNN Business reports that the chain does not plan to require proof of vaccination from customers prior to entry. Many existing policies at the story will remain in place, including regular wellness screenings for store employees. ... Read More

CCSD staff and students to continue wearing masks 'out of an abundance of caution'

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- Although Governor Sisolak says Nevada will follow the latest recommendations on wearing masks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Clark County School District has other plans centered around precaution.

CCSD says "out of an abundance of caution," they want masks to continue to be worn to protect students and staff.

CCSD released the following statement:

"We understand that there are some changes in the guidance being provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding mask-wearing for vaccinated individuals.

At this time, out of an abundance of caution, we must ensure that masks continue to be worn to protect our students and staff.

Therefore, we will continue to require masks to be worn at all schools and work locations."

CCSD says it will also provide additional information and direction next week based on local mitigation and guidance updates... Read More

Las Vegas man faces murder charge in March shooting death on East Sahara

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- A 32-year-old Las Vegas man is in custody, facing a murder charge in a March 22 shooting death near the Eureka Casino on East Sahara Avenue.

Deandre Gathrite is accused in the death of 42-year-old Christopher Brown.

Brown died of multiple gunshot wounds. Police responded to the scene after a Shot Spotter report of gunfire in the area, and found Brown in the street.

Gathrite, who was arrested May 5, is scheduled for a bail hearing on Monday morning. He is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center on an open murder charge, along with 15 other charges related to firing a weapon, drug possession and selling drugs.

Gathrite is a convicted felon, and he also faces a charge of possession of a firearm... Read More