The University of Arizona will lift its indoor mask requirement beginning March 21, following similar moves by Arizona’s other two public universities.
Ducey created a grant program with $163 million in federal COVID-19 relief money, but only for schools that didn’t require masks or who stayed open during outbreaks.
N95 masks—which filter out 95% of all airborne particles—offer higher levels of protection against infection than surgical or cloth masks.
A series of Arizona laws, including one that would have blocked mask requirements in K-12 schools, were upheld as unconstitutional.
Just one week after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey reaffirmed that masks cannot be required in public schools, at least seven Arizona school districts are moving forward with doing so regardless.
A school board meeting in Scottsdale was cut short after a group of attendees erupted in anger after being asked to wear masks.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced last month that he was rescinding mask mandates for all K-12 schools despite pushback from some school officials.
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