LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 29: Southern Nevada Health District environmental health specialist Bobby Donnell waits to check people in to receive Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccinations at Jerome Mack Middle School on January 29, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Southern Nevada Health District is operating the site as a pop-up clinic for seniors age 70 and older. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada is re-imposing a COVID-19 mask mandate for indoor public places in cities to stem a variant-fueled surge in cases and hospitalizations not seen since before the arrival of vaccines. State officials said Tuesday the mandates will align with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. The surge and mask requirement could hamper tourism industry efforts to entice visitors and trade shows that power the state’s economy to return following closures last year. School districts also are adjusting plans due to the surge. Las Vegas-area school officials on Tuesday said students and staff will wear masks when classes begin Aug. 9.