Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego calls use of face masks ‘a success story’

By Kevin Stone | KTAR

The mayor of Arizona’s largest city called the use of face masks “a success story” in the state’s ongoing battle against the coronavirus.

Many Arizona cities require people to wear face coverings in public under orders enacted after Gov. Doug Ducey gave local governments the authority to do so in mid-June.

Facebook Photo/Mayor Kate Gallego

“We think that has slowed the transmission, maybe by 35%, so that is a success story,” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Wednesday.

With COVID-19 cases rising after the Arizona’s stay-at-home order ended in mid-May, Gallego and other prominent Democrats pushed Ducey to either issue a statewide mask order or let local authorities do so.

Two days later, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a requirement. That meant masks were, and still are, required throughout metro Phoenix, even in cities that don’t have their own regulation or let theirs expire.

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