PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Masks are now optional, with a few exceptions, for fully vaccinated people in public places in Phoenix. The City Council unanimously voted on Wednesday to change its nearly year-long mask mandate to align with the new CDC guidelines, which says people who have been vaccinated don't have to wear masks indoors and outdoors. Masks are still required at Phoenix Sky Harbor and on public transportation, including planes, light rail and buses. The changes take effect immediately. Businesses can decide whether customers have to wear masks inside their buildings.
Tucson, Scottsdale and Chandler dropped their mask mandates last week. The City of Phoenix said it had to wait until the City Council came together to vote on the change. Last week, the CDC said those who have been fully vaccinated can go back to activities prior to the pandemic without a mask, like eating in restaurants, traveling and meeting up with big groups of people.
Vax On = Mask Off!— City of Phoenix, AZ (@CityofPhoenixAZ) May 20, 2021
Today’s decision by the #PHX City Council to update its Mask Mandate policy follows @CDCgov guidelines. That means those fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask when in most public places.#VaxUpPHX pic.twitter.com/ZygXuN6Opg