Despite data indicating the effectiveness of masks in limiting the spread of the virus, Arizona doesn't have a mask order in place.
Mayors across Arizona called for Gov. Doug Ducey to take “decisive state action" and implement a statewide mask mandate.
Despite pressure from national and local figures, Ducey once again avoided issuing a statewide order requiring masks in public.
COVID-19 cases in Arizona dropped 75% once cities like Phoenix were allowed to implement laws requiring that masks be worn in public.
More than a dozen Republican governors said this week they will not require residents to wear face masks to protect against the coronavirus.
Gov. Doug Ducey prevented local governments from implementing their own public health guidelines until mid-June.
Face masks, gloves and other discarded personal protection equipment are a growing concern among environmentalists as an emerging source of litter.