ICYMI: State announces new mask, vaccination, and testing policy for state

Carson City, NV - July 30, 2021

In case you missed it, last week, Nevada announced a new COVID-19 testing policy for all State employees who are not fully vaccinated.

Effective August 15, employees who are not fully vaccinated will be required to take weekly COVID-19 tests and proof of testing and results must be submitted to their human resources officer or department supervisor.

“The vaccine is the best tool we have to combat this virus and we are committed to making State government a safe and healthy environment for all employees and the public we are charged with serving,” said Gov. Sisolak. “State employees have always led by example, and I remain confident they will continue to step up and follow these new mitigation strategies that will enable us to better protect each other and the fellow Nevadans we serve.”

In line with the State’s mask mandate, all state employees that live in substantial or high transmission counties, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth at all times that the employee is on duty, with some exceptions.

State government workplaces that reach more than 70% vaccination of employees will no longer need to follow the weekly testing protocol, but the masking requirement for employees will remain in place if they work in a county deemed to have substantial or high transmission levels.

Additionally, employees are eligible for up to four hours of paid administrative leave to receive the vaccine or leave for the vaccination of dependent minor children.

All state employees who do not have a medical condition prohibiting vaccination are strongly encouraged to initiate vaccination prior to August 15, to avoid the required weekly COVID-19 testing protocol and protect themselves from this deadly virus.

State employees who work in a county that has adopted more restrictive mitigation measures must follow those county requirements. The full employee policy and the FAQ on COVID Healthy Worksite are attached to this email.



Meghin Delaney
Communications Director