Ducey signs bill to let businesses ignore mask mandates; law won’t take effect for months

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

Businesses can require customers to wear masks to prevent spreading COVID-19 if they like, but they also can allow people to go maskless even if a city, county or the state tries to require face coverings.

That will be the law of the land in Arizona thanks to a bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed Friday, which echoes a recent executive order from his office.

“I am signing this bill, ensuring that our small businesses will no longer be required to enforce mandates imposed on them by their cities who are choosing not to enforce it themselves,” Ducey said in a signing letter.

But there are some twists to the bill.

Notes: Tempe joins Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson in keeping mask mandates.

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Arizona Republican Rep. Andy Biggs introduced legislation that would ban federal agencies from creating “vaccine passports.” Meanwhile, Christ supports a ‘vaccine passport’ to preserve information.

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