Traveling across the state — or just across the Valley? Find out if your destination requires face coverings in public.
The Republican governor, who entered his weekly virus news conference for the first time wearing a face mask but took it off to speak, said allowing cities to decide would work better than a statewide mandate.
Mayors in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff said they would move quickly to require masks. Mesa Mayor John Giles tweeted that he will issue a proclamation mandating masks in the city. Other local officials have since announced plans to implement face covering mandates.
Here’s a list of municipalities who have responded to Ducey’s announcement:
- Avondale: Masks are required in businesses with large capacities (retail stores, grocery stores, gyms, etc.) beginning June 21.
- Casa Grande: Residents are now required to wear masks when in public buildings and private businesses.
- Chandler: Masks are required for people over the age of 6 in public spaces where social distancing is not “practical.”
- Flagstaff: Mayor Coral Evans updated her initial emergency proclamation to require that masks be worn in public, starting Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Gilbert: The Town Council voted to require masks in public, starting Friday at 5 p.m.
- Glendale: The City Council plans to vote on a mandatory mask mandate during their Friday meeting.
- Mesa: Mayor John Giles announced plans to issue a proclamation requiring masks to be worn in the city.
- Phoenix: The City Council voted Friday to implement a mask measure, going into effect Saturday at 6 a.m.
- San Luis: Mayor Gerardo Sanchez and Vice Mayor Maria Cecilia Cruz signed an emergency order Wednesday night, requiring face coverings be worn in public.
- Scottsdale: Masks are required in public beginning June 19.
- Tempe: Officials said masks will be required while in public beginning Thursday.
- Tucson: Mayor Regina Romero issued an emergency proclamation requiring masks beginning Saturday at 6 a.m.
- Tolleson: Mayor Anna Tovar issued an emergency declaration requiring masks be worn in public starting 8 a.m. Saturday.
Arizona had the most daily new cases in the nation per capita for a seven-day average through Monday and the positive rate of people tested for the virus also topped all other states at nearly 16%. In comparison, New York, once the center of the U.S. outbreak, had a seven-day average positive rate of slightly more than 1%.
A month ago Arizona’s rolling average for a week was 3.76 per 100,000 compared with the most recent average of 17.98 per 100,000 people, and the positive testing rate was just 6.5%.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.