PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Less than 24 hours after Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona’s local governments could mandate that people wear face masks when out in public, cities and counties throughout the state started looking at option to do just that.

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Dr. Cara Christ, the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, says science shows that physical distancing and wearing face masks can effectively slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tucson, Flagstaff, Tolleson, Mesa, and Tempe said right away that they will require to people to wear face masks.

By Monday, many cities and counties had enacted emergency measures to require face masks in public.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix City Council voted on the issue Friday.

“I'm currently working with my fellow mayors because we'd like to be as consistent as possible across cities.," she said ahead of that meeting. "We hope to have a great program that will slow the spread in Maricopa County."

Cities and towns in Arizona scramble to decide whether to implement mask mandates.

Mandatory face masks

Here is the latest information on city-by-city face mask requirements throughout Arizona. We will update this list as more decisions are made and orders formalized. (Cities are listed in alphabetical order.)


Masks are not required. The mayor released the following statement: 

“I've stated this is up to the individual. If you feel you're at risk stay home. I also hope that folks don't get upset at businesses that require PPEs as that is their right also. People need to take responsibility for their own lives. I think it's sad that some put their safety in the hands of a Mayor, councilmember or Governor. We must learn to live in the modern world on our own eventually. There are always going to be risks and illnesses out there and we'll get through it. Also everyone is essential and every job is essential to providing for a household.”


Mayor Kenn Weise issued a declaration of emergency proclamation requiring masks at retail establishments, convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, gyms, indoor sports or activity facilities, and medical offices. It goes into effect on June 21 at 12:01 a.m.


Council will vote on Tuesday, June 23.


No plans made public. 


The mayor and City Council approved a proclamation that requires everyone to wear masks in public. It goes into effect June 20 at 6 a.m.


No plans made public. 


Mayor Kevin Hartke  issued a proclamation that would require face coverings while out in public in Chandler that is effective immediately for people over the age of 6.

Chandler is one of many Arizona cities now requiring people to wear face masks when out in public. Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke explains exactly how the mandate, which went into effect Friday, works.


Officials issued a proclamation requiring residents and visitors to wear masks when they can't practice social distancing. It goes into effect on June 20 at noon for all private lands in the unincorporated areas of the County. It doesn't affect areas within cities or towns in the County.


The city is "strongly encouraging" the use of face masks in public. 


Mayor Coral Evans issued a proclamation that requires the wearing of face masks in public places starting at 8 p.m. on June 20 "until further notice."


The Fountain Hills Town Council will hold a special session on Friday, June 19 at 3 p.m. to consider an emergency order.


Gilbert Town Council has put an emergency order in place that would require the wearing of face coverings in public effect Friday at 5 p.m.

The following exceptions are in place:

  • Those who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition
  • Children under 6 years of age
  • Restaurant patrons while they are dining
  • When complying with directions of law enforcement officers
  • Where it is not practical/feasible to wear a face covering, such as the receipt of dental services or while swimming
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
  • Local businesses open to the public are being asked to post signage at entrances and at other appropriate locations stating that customers (or visitors) are required to wear face coverings by order of the Gilbert Town Council.

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels said the Town Council will meet to discuss the issue Friday morning.


Mayor Jerry Weiers announced a mandatory mask order for the City of Glendale effective June 20 at 12:01 a.m. The mandate would require people (6 years old or older) to wear a face covering in public. Click here for information about exemptions.


Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord will issue a proclamation on Saturday that would require everyone to wear face masks.


No plans made public. 


No plans made public. 


The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved in a 5-0 vote on June 19 to require face masks countywide. The rules don't interfere with other cities' and towns' proclamations and emergency orders. The regulations go into effect at midnight on Saturday, June 20.


Mesa Mayor John Giles said he expects to issue a proclamation in the next few days.


Mayor Arturo Garino signed an emergency declaration requiring masks effective immediately (Thursday.)


No plans made public. 


Payson Mayor Tom Morrissey implemented a mandate that masks must be worn in public, beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.


Mayor Cathy Carlat issued a proclamation requiring everyone to wear face masks in public places. It starts on Monday, June 22, at 6 a.m.


The City of Phoenix has voted to implement a mandatory mask policy. The policy goes into effect Saturday, June 20 at 6 a.m. Everyone over the age of six years old must wear a face mask while in a public area within Phoenix.

Exceptions for face coverings will be made under the following circumstances:

  • For those who fall into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or are otherwise covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • For children under 6 years old
  • For people whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering
  • For restaurant patrons while they are dining
  • For individuals exercising outdoors or while walking or exercising with other people from the same household, if social distancing from others who are not your family members can be maintained
  • For engaging in organized group or team sports, exercise or other physical activities where it is not practicable or feasible to wear a mask or socially distance
  • In settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including when obtaining or rendering goods or services, such as the receipt of dental services or medical treatments.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the City Council will vote on an ordinance on Friday.


Even though Maricopa County is requiring face masks and coverings, Queen Creek has no adopted any restrictions or requirments. 


Scottsdale Mayor W.J. 'Jim' Lane issued an emergency proclamation that requires people to cover their nose and mouth in most public areas starting June 19.


Surprise has announced that face coverings will be required within the city starting Saturday. City Hall will also reclose to the public at 5 p.m. Friday.


Mayor Mark Mitchell made an emergency proclamation requiring face masks in public places. 


Mayor Anna Tovar signed a proclamation requiring face masks in public places. It goes into effect on June 20 at 8 a.m.


Mayor Regina Romero was expected to sign emergency proclamation Thursday.


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