Board Approves Mask Regulations in Maricopa County Due to Community Spread of COVID-19

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved mask regulations Friday, June 19, to “create consistent minimum mask-wearing requirements across all jurisdictions while allowing cities and towns to set their own policies and regulations related to face coverings.”

“We know thousands of people move through different cities and towns in Maricopa County every day,” said Board of Supervisors chairman Clint Hickman.  “The regulations are based on the recommendations of our Public Health Department and they give residents an understanding of the rules no matter where they are within the County.”

The Board recognized that some cities and towns have already passed proclamations and emergency orders, and says that this County regulation does not interfere with those local decisions. Board members say they hope other governments will take advantage of the expertise from Public Health and create consistent rules in their communities.  Some highlights from the regulations include:

  • People older than six must wear masks in enclosed public spaces (where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained)
  • Adults with children 2 to 5 years old must make reasonable effort to make them wear masks inside enclosed public spaces
  • All riders and operators on public transportation must wear a mask
  • Staff working in public spaces (such as restaurants or stores) must wear masks

“We are hoping residents and cities and towns will partner with us during the pandemic,” added Hickman.  “We have seen more than 60% of total cases in the past three weeks.  This will not stop unless the public consistently takes action to prevent the spread.”

The regulations include exemptions from wearing masks that include:

  • The regulations do not apply to people in homes
  • Children under 2 years old
  • Restaurant patrons while they are eating and drinking
  • People walking or exercising outdoors (while maintaining six feet of distance)
  • When in a personal vehicle, office or other personal space

Enforcement is the responsibility of law enforcement and per the governor’s executive order 2020-40, it should focus on educating the public about the dangers of community spread.  An officer should promote best public health practices and provide a warning, but if a person refuses to put on a face covering again, they can face a fine of not more than $50.

This regulation goes into effect at midnight Saturday, June 20, 2020.

Read the regulations requiring face coverings in Maricopa County.

Mayor Gallego Issues Statement on COVID-19 Precautions Ahead of DNC Debate

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego

PHOENIX- The City of Phoenix, Maricopa County, the State of Arizona, public health officials, the Democratic National Convention, Sky Harbor International Airport, CNN, Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona Federal Theatre, and other pertinent parties are in daily contact ahead of the Sunday, March 15 presidential debate in Phoenix to discuss precautions being taken against COVID-19.

We understand the responsibility that comes with hosting an event under these circumstances. We are taking strong precautions, and, most importantly, breaking down communication silos. From now until post-debate we will be convening these stakeholders daily to discuss precautions we are taking. 

We understand that the fear felt by residents is real, which is why we want to ensure transparency and efficiency in the dissemination of information on this topic. At this time, we are working with the understanding that the debate is moving forward as planned and taking proper safety precautions in the lead up to Sunday. Based on this information we will reassess daily what possible changes need to be made.

To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Frequently Asked Questions page at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or Maricopa County’s page at: https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019.

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