Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega is sworn into office on Jan. 12, 2021./Photo: City of Scottsdale
By Aydali Campa | Arizona Republic
Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega reinstated a city face-covering mandate on Wednesday, one day after he was sworn into office.
Former Mayor Jim Lane had rescinded the city’s mask mandate in September, three months after it was first put in place during Arizona’s summer COVID-19 surge.
Ortega’s decision comes as Arizona ranked highest in the country for new-case and death rates.
Ortega told The Arizona Republic on Thursday that his proclamation “strengthens” Gov. Doug Ducey’s “Mask Up Arizona” campaign and Maricopa County’s existing mask mandate.
The decision was met with mixed reviews from people on Twitter, and praise from the city’s largest employer, HonorHealth.