By Kevin Stone | KTAR
If metro Phoenix officials decide to lift the countywide face mask mandate, that wouldn’t mean it’s time to throw away those face coverings.
Patrons and employees at certain Maricopa County businesses, including restaurants and gyms, would still have to wear masks in accordance with the state of Arizona’s COVID-19 regulations.
“The governor’s executive order still requiring masks and restaurants would apply, so it [lifting the county mandate] would have no rendering or no change on that aspect,” Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri, who is also president and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, Chucri said in a newsletter he thought it was “time for a re-evaluation of this policy, and to allow mask-wearing to be voluntary not mandatory.”