Last week, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the city’s mask mandate will continue, despite Governor Doug Ducey’s rollback on COVID-19 restrictions in Arizona.
A majority of the Phoenix City Council stated that the governor’s decision to order cities to abandon mask requirements is a “case of government overreach.” The Phoenix mayor agreed with them, and in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and follow current guidelines set forth by the CDC and healthcare professionals, the mask mandate will remain in effect.
“The governor’s order has caused tremendous confusion, particularly for local businesses. I’ve spoken to many business owners who want to do the right thing but don’t know why they have to do it alone. They’ve been pushed into the position of having to defend their masking policies with no help or backup from local government. That is wrong,” Gallego said.
Other places in Arizona are also keeping their mask mandates, like Flagstaff and Tucson, who both continue to require masks to be worn in public. Many stores, restaurants and businesses are also still enforcing mask rules in their buildings or on their properties.
What the Current CDC Guidelines In Arizona Are
It can be confusing when things like statewide restrictions change, but many cities across Arizona are keeping with the CDC’s most updated guidelines to help protect yourself and others around you.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
For fully vaccinated people (which is 2 weeks after your second Pfizer or Moderna shot, or 2 weeks after your Johnson&Johnson shot), the guidelines are a little more relaxed:
- Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart.
- Visit with unvaccinated people from one other household indoors without wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart if everyone in the other household is at low risk for severe disease.
- Refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.