Maricopa County official says he’s rethinking face mask policy

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By Kevin Stone | KTAR 

A member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors said he’s ready to rethink the county’s face mask mandate now that COVID-19 numbers have fallen.

“I have told many of my constituents over the past month that I believe and support it is time for a re-evaluation of this policy, and to allow mask-wearing to be voluntary not mandatory,” District 2 Supervisor Steve Chucri said in a newsletter Tuesday.

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Chucri, who is also president and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, revealed in the newsletter that he is one of the more than 800,000 people in the state who contracted COVID-19.

 “This virus is very serious. I know firsthand because I was one of many Arizonans that had it,” he said.

“Thankfully now, our families, friends and neighbors are receiving vaccine from the state, the county and our partners at a steady pace.”

One of four Republicans on the five-member board, Chucri said the county’s average daily coronavirus case count is down to about 400, near what it was in May 2020 and just a fraction of the January surge above 6,000.

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