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Rural Nevada County Moves To Shed Masks, Virus Crowd Limits

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A rural southern Nevada county could step ahead of the state in a bid to lift mask mandates and business capacity limits that were enacted as pandemic prevention measures.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the Nye County Commission will consider a plan April 20 to make face coverings optional and let businesses return to 100% occupancy.

The moves would put the county ahead of Nevada's other 16 counties while the state COVID-19 Response Task Force reviews plans to turn over pandemic mitigation control to local authorities beginning May 1.

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Several other rural counties also have chafed at mask rules and occupancy limits.