Gov. Ducey gives local leaders authority to set mask mandates
This afternoon, Gov. Doug Ducey announced he is giving local governments the authority to set policies that would require people to wear face masks in public. Within minutes, dozens of cities across the state said they plan to vote on respective ordinances in the immediate future. Local law enforcement will have authority for enforcement of enhanced mitigation measures.
Here are a few other key takeaways from today's press conference:
Amplified contact tracing: The governor announced plans to have the Arizona National Guard assist with contract tracing for confirmed COVID-19 cases. His executive order gives authority to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to implement a consistent, statewide system for case investigation. Additionally, ADHS is providing more than $37 million to enhance contact tracing locally and statewide.
Enhanced health measures for private businesses: During the press conference, the governor also announced new safety rules for private businesses. As a refresher, the executive order issued on May 12 requires businesses and other entities operating in Arizona to implement health and safety plans to protect workers and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Updated guidance issued today requires specific health measures be taken, including:
- Physically distancing of 6 feet;
- Providing employees with face-coverings and requiring usage;
- Conducting symptom checks for all employees before shifts;
- Requiring sick employees to stay home;
- And increasing the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting.
View requirements for businesses here.
View requirements for restaurants and bars providing dine-in services here.
You can find today's executive order here.