While the state is grappling with an increase in coronavirus cases, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey gave local governments power to make wearing face masks in public places compulsory.
City guides were quick to respond to permission and quickly move on to what would best serve their communities.
Here is a list of the cities in Arizona that have made decisions about the mandate of face masks in public.
Phoenix City Council voted Friday to introduce a mandatory mask policy starting Saturday, June 20 at 6 a.m. The proclamation applies to anyone in the City of Phoenix who are 6 years of age or older when in public and no physical distancing is possible. It is not considered a mandate for religious organizations. Exceptions are those who exercise outdoors while distancing, children under the age of six, and those with certain medical conditions.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane issued an emergency announcement Thursday urging people in the city of Scottsdale to wear face covers in public. The proclamation comes into force on Friday at 5 p.m. Exceptions are children under 6 years of age, people who exercise outdoors, or those whose state of health does not allow them to wear face covering.
Surprise city council issued an emergency proclamation on Friday calling for face coverings in public when physical distancing is not an option. The order will take effect on Saturday June 20th and is required for people aged 2 and over.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said at the city council meeting on Friday that he would issue a proclamation on masks by the end of the day.
Mayor Cathy Carlat issued a proclamation under the Declaration of Emergency requiring all individuals in the city of Peoria to wear face covering in public places where it is difficult to maintain social distancing measures. This proclamation goes into effect on Monday, June 22nd, at 6:00 a.m.
Gilbert City Council voted during Friday's session to enact a mask policy. The proclamation will take effect on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and remains in effect for 30 days. People must wear masks inside or outside if physical distancing is not possible. The order is valid for people aged 6 and over.
Paradise Valley Mayor Jerry Bien-Willner released a statement Thursday encouraging people within the city limits to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. However, he did not introduce a mandate for masks.
Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issued an emergency announcement Thursday urging anyone within the city limits to wear a face mask in public. The proclamation is valid until further notice. It is not considered a mandate for religious organizations. Exceptions are those who exercise outdoors while distancing, children under the age of 6, and those with certain medical conditions.
Cave Creek Mayor Ernie Bunch announced Thursday that he would not mandate the use of face masks in public or in town hall. However, he strongly encourages people to wear face covering.
City of carefree
In a mandate issued Thursday, face masks are now required in public places and in businesses across the city. People under 5 years of age or older would need to wear a face covering.
Avondale Mayor Kenneth Weise issued an emergency announcement Thursday requiring all employees and customers in retail stores, pharmacies, gyms, medical practices, indoor sports or activity facilities, and convenience and grocery stores to wear a face mask. The mayor's proclamation will come into effect on Sunday at 12:01 p.m. until further notice. Exceptions are children under two years of age and people with disabilities and underlying diseases who prohibit the use of a face mask.
The city announced Thursday that it is strongly encouraging the use of face coverings in public spaces when social distancing is not an option. Those who do not have access to face masks can collect them in the City Hall lobby for a limited time during normal business hours. There is no mandate in force.
No plans were published.
Mesa Mayor John Giles scheduled a special city council meeting on Friday to discuss the details of a proclamation asking people of Mesa to wear masks. No information has yet been published.
Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke issued a proclamation on June 19 that those in Chandler town should wear masks in businesses or in public places when physical distancing is not possible.
Mayor Anna Tovar issued an emergency announcement Thursday calling for the use of face masks in public places or at work. The proclamation comes into effect on Saturday at 8 a.m. A mask is not required for children under two years of age and those with medical conditions that prohibit the wearing of face covering.
No plans were published.
Mayor Georgia Lord has scheduled an executive meeting on Friday at 6 p.m. with city council on a new executive order that will allow cities, counties and cities to establish their own guidelines for wearing face coverings in public.
The Fountain Hills City Council will hold a special session on Friday, June 19 at 3:00 p.m. CET. consider an emergency order.
Explanation: As the governor mentioned during his press conference, it is the personal responsibility of Arizonans to protect themselves from COVID-19. With the increase in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, we encourage residents to observe healthy behaviors to help slow the spread. No mandate was granted within the city of Queen Creek.
Masks are not required.
A special meeting will be held on June 24 to discuss the use of face masks in public.
Mayor Regina Romero signed a proclamation on Thursday calling for the use of face masks from 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. Anyone two years or older must cover their nose and face with a mask if it is difficult and impossible to do in a public setting. The proclamation does not require the use of a face mask when exercising outdoors or with other people in the same household, people with medical conditions and when people are in personal spaces.
Mayor Coral Evans issued an emergency announcement Thursday that would require masks in public places. The proclamation will take effect on Saturday June 20th at 8 p.m. and has no expiration date. The order applies to people aged five and over.
The chairman of the Yuma County's board of directors signed a proclamation that went into effect Thursday urging people to wear a face mask. Anyone two years or older who is in a public place, whether indoors or outdoors, and not Keep a distance of approximately two meters from other people to cover their mouth and nose with a face covering. People who exercise outdoors and cannot wear a face mask due to an illness do not need to wear a face covering.
On Thursday, Mayor Kell Palguta said the city would not require people to wear masks.
An emergency announcement was issued on Thursday requiring face-covering in public from 5:00 p.m. for people from 2 years.
Santa Cruz County
A nationwide proclamation was published on Friday requiring people aged 2 and over to wear face covering in public.
Residents and visitors within the city limits of Casa Grande are now required to wear masks in public buildings and private businesses.
Mayor Jeff Serdy issued a statement Thursday giving individuals the option to wear a face mask. The mayor recommends keeping a mask close by "in case you visit a company or other facility where it is needed".
Mayor Arturo Garino issued a proclamation on Thursday urging people to immediately wear masks in public. No face covering is required for children under two years of age. Face masks are not required when eating, exercising outdoors alone, or swimming.
The city announced that it would not require residents and visitors to wear masks in public, but strongly encouraged them to wear one.