ARIZONA (3TV/CBS 5) -- Several city, town, and county governments are beginning to implement the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that recommend all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — wear a mask in areas of high transmission for COVID-19.
The mask mandates are in effect while you are inside city-owned or county-owned buildings and other municipal-owned properties.
The move comes as most Arizona counties, including Maricopa and Pinal, get listed as being areas of "substantial" and "high" transmission, according to weekly CDC data. As of Thursday, no county in Arizona is listed as being at "low" risk of transmission.
Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order banning cities from issuing their own mask mandates. However, cities much like employers, can issue workforce and visitor requirements like any private business can.
Cities and towns with mandates
Flagstaff - Order in effect since Friday, July 29
Fountain Hills - Order in effect starting Monday, Aug. 9
Peoria - Order in effect since Thursday, July 28
Phoenix - Order in effect since Monday, Aug. 2
Tempe - Order in effect since Thursday, July 28
Tucson - Order in effect since Wednesday, July 28
Counties with mandates
Maricopa County - Order in effect since Wednesday, Aug. 4
Coconino County - Order in effect since Wednesday, Aug. 4
Major metropolitan areas like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. have recently implemented similar mandates amid rising concerns about the Delta variant. In Arizona, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman called on the governor to allow K-12 schools to continue enforcing mask mandates. In response to those calls, Ducey tweeted, "Arizona does not allow mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports or discrimination in schools based on who is or isn’t vaccinated."
HonorHealth's top doctor wrote in an op-ed earlier this week that "about 95% of the hospitalizations in Arizona in June 2021 were among people not fully vaccinated." As a result, several private employers are requiring employees to get the vaccine or submit negative test results on a regular basis. The FDA said Wednesday that it was working diligently to review vaccine applications for a full approval.
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