Political opinion abounds as Scottsdale prepares to have facemask discussion

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By Tess Keiser | Cronkite News for Scottsdale Indpendent

Scottsdale has unmasked, potentially putting the city at risk for increased cases of COVID-19 during a critical time.

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane removed the mask mandate for the city on Sept. 21. The following day, Scottsdale City Council requested a work study session item where staff provides information to the council on what requirements are in place at the state and county levels, what is covered and provide additional data to make council qualified to answer questions from residents, according to a city staff report.

The study session is scheduled to take place 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in a virtual format available for viewing at ScottsdaleAZ.gov.

Following Mayor Lane’s resending the mask mandate, Sen. Lela Alston (D) of District 24 in the Phoenix and south Scottsdale area outlined why this is a bad idea for the community.

This time of the year could bring many uncertainties with kids starting to go back to school and flu season on the rise, said Sen. Alston.

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