On the same day the Arizona Attorney General’s Office issued an opinion finding Pima County can continue to enforce its face-mask mandates, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced the city’s mask mandate would remain in place, according to the Associated Press.
“After consideration and review with legal counsel, the City of Phoenix has determined the June 19, 2020 Declaration of the Phoenix City Council requiring face coverings in public for most people within city limits remains in effect,” announced the city. “At this time, the Council has decided not to rescind this declaration, joining with other municipalities such as Tucson and Pima County in reaffirming the requirement to wear masks. The mask mandate within the City of Phoenix will remain in place until such time as the Council votes to terminate or amend the declaration.”
The Phoenix declaration went into effect on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 6 a.m. and requires “every person in the city of Phoenix, ages two and over [amended by County Order], shall cover their nose and mouth whenever they are away from their home or residence and within six feet of another person who is not a member of their family or household.”
I stand with the majority of the council who agree that @dougducey unilateral decision to order cities to abandon mask requirements is a case of significant government overreach. Protecting public health must come first. Masks are the best & fastest way to fully reopen & recover. pic.twitter.com/XxtMuEG0rk
— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) April 6, 2021
Same legal theory used today could have been used at any time, to do anything
Queen of #COVIDTheatre
— Samuel Stone (@SamThePol) April 7, 2021