As Arizona continues to grapple with COVID-19, Scottsdale Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane has extended the city’s face covering order until Aug. 20. The emergency proclamation requires people to cover their nose and mouth in most public areas.
“I speak regularly to health care leaders in Scottsdale, who tell me that the stress on our hospital resources is substantial, and we certainly can’t afford for it to get worse.” said Mayor Lane. “On the basis of that knowledge and the other data in the county, I am extending Scottsdale’s emergency proclamation requiring face coverings and will continue monitoring the data and trends.”
Since the first week of June, the percentage of infection among those tested for COVID-19 in Maricopa County has run from a low of 15 percent to a high of 24 percent. While this represents only a nine percent increase during that time, in May, the percent testing positive was about 5 percent.
Scottsdale's emergency order requires people to cover nose and mouth within all public accommodations within the city, which includes grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, retail stores, special events and public transit. Businesses that interact with the public must require employees to wear face coverings as well.
“In this emergency, like any other, we have a civic responsibility to act and sometimes accept actions that we may not like but are important for recovery. As hospitalization utilization continues to rise and trend toward potentially threatening levels, it remains imperative to slow the contagion rate – and wearing masks is a simple step recommended by public health experts. Masks, along with Governor Ducey’s recent closures of bars, clubs and gyms will undoubtedly help a continual decline in the contagion rate.”
Exceptions are allowed including for children under 6 years of age, those persons engaged in religious services and those that per CDC guidance should not wear face coverings due to health conditions.
The July 17 proclamation (PDF) extends the June 18 proclamation, which contains the full list of details and exceptions (PDF).
This question and answer page provides additional clarification.
Individuals will be given an opportunity to comply before any enforcement action is taken. Continued failure to comply with an emergency proclamation is a class one misdemeanor.
In addition to the mask regulation, Scottsdale’s emergency order also encourages establishments that allow for the consumption of alcohol on their premises to limit their occupancy to 50 percent to allow for better social distancing.
There is increasing evidence that covering one’s nose and mouth prevents individuals from spreading the virus, and also helps prevent them from contracting it. See question 11 of our questions and answers page for references.
“Few people like wearing a mask, but it’s a simple and easy thing to do, for a relatively short period of time, to help our community get through this. No matter what government does, our ultimate success or failure is a shared endeavor that depends largely on each individual doing their part.”