Coronavirus is spreading across Arizona and in response Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday granted local governments the authority to make wearing face masks in public mandatory. Many cities have taken advantage of this to enact their own mandatory mask policies and protect residents of their cities.
Local Arizona leaders have responded quickly to enforce rules to preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
The move marked a major shift for Ducey, who’s been keeping rigid control of the statewide coronavirus response since he declared a public health emergency March 11.
Cities Respond To Coronavirus
- Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said Friday people over 6 years of age are required to wear face coverings in public places to prevent spreading the virus..
- Town of Guadalupe Mayor Valerie Molina signed a proclamation Friday that required people to wear a face covering in public. People under 6 years old would be exempt from the policy.
- Surprise City Council issued an emergency proclamation Friday to require face coverings in public when physical distancing isn’t possible but this doesn’t go into effect until Saturday.
- On Friday the Phoenix City Council voted to implement a mandatory mask policy starting June 20th at 6 a.m. The policy will apply to anyone in Phoenix who is 6 years or old and is in a public area. It does not apply to religious organizations, or while exercising outdoors at a safe distance.
- Gilbert Town Council voted to mandate a mask policy during Friday’s meeting. The proclamation will take effect Friday at 5 p.m. and will remain in effect for 30 days. People will be required to wear masks inside or outside when physical distancing is not possible The order applies to people 6 years old or older.
- Santa Cruz County issued a proclamation Friday that people 2 years old or older would be required to wear a face covering in public.
- Payson issued an emergency proclamation Thursday that required face coverings in public starting at 5 p.m. for people 2 years old or older.
- Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issued an emergency proclamation Thursday requiring all individuals within city limits to wear a face mask in public settings. The mayor’s proclamation is in effect until further notice. It does not apply as a mandate to religious organizations. Other exceptions include those exercising outdoors while distancing, children under 6 years old and those with certain medical conditions.
- Tucson Mayor Regina Romero signed a proclamation Thursday requiring the use of face masks beginning Saturday at 6 a.m. Anyone two years old or older will be required to cover their nose and face with a mask when in a public setting and physical distancing is difficult or impossible. The proclamation does not require the use of a face mask while exercising outdoors or with others from the same household, those with medical conditions and when individuals are in personal spaces.
- Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise issued an emergency proclamation Thursday requiring the wearing of a face mask by all employees and customers in retail stores, pharmacies, gyms, medical offices, any indoor sport or activity facility and convenience and grocery stores. The mayor’s proclamation goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday until further notice. Exceptions include children under two years of age and individuals with disabilities and underlying medical conditions that prohibit them from using a face mask.
- Casa Grande residents and visitors are now required to wear masks when in public buildings and private businesses.
- The Yuma County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors signed a proclamation requiring people to wear a face mask starting at 1 p.m. Thursday. Anyone two years or older who is in a place open to the public, whether indoor or outdoor, and can’t maintain a distance of approximately six feet from other people shall cover his or her mouth and nose with a face covering. Those exercising outdoors and those unable to wear a face mask due to a medical condition are not required to wear a face covering.
- Nogales Mayor Arturo Garino issued a proclamation Thursday that immediately required people to wear masks in public. Face coverings are not required for children under two years old. Face masks aren’t required while eating, exercising outdoors alone or swimming.
- Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane issued an emergency proclamation on Thursday requiring individuals within the city of Scottsdale to wear face coverings in public. The proclamation will take effect Friday at 5 p.m. Exemptions include children under 6 years old, individuals exercising outdoors or those whose medical conditions prohibit them from wearing a face covering.
- Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar issued an emergency proclamation Thursday requiring the use of face masks in public places or when working. The proclamation goes into effect Saturday at 8 a.m. Children under two years of age and those with medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing a face covering are not required to wear a mask.
- Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans issued an emergency proclamation Thursday that would require masks in public places. The proclamation takes effect on June 20 at 8 p.m. and has no expiration date. The order applies to people five years old or older.
The coronavirus is spreading fast in Arizona and some cities are still struggling to respond. Some leaders are waiting to make final decisions late on Friday and will be issuing statements for the following week. Read more news and Coronavirus updates.