Mayor Gallego defies Gov. Ducey, says Phoenix will keep mask mandate

Facebook Photo/Mayor Kate Gallego

By Torrence Dunham |Arizona Republic

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego in a statement on Tuesday said the city’s mask mandate is still in effect despite Gov. Doug Ducey ordering local governments to abandon the requirement.

“I stand with the majority of the Phoenix City Council who agree that the governor’s unilateral decision to order cities to abandon mask requirements is a case of significant government overreach,” Gallego said in a statement. “The governor’s authority is not without limits.”

Ducey last week in an executive order declared local governments can’t make any regulations pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically mentioning face masks, citing favorable viral spread and vaccine distribution metrics as the reason for the order.

“The governor’s order has caused tremendous confusion, particularly for local businesses,” Gallego said. “I’ve spoken to many business owners who want to do the right thing but don’t know why they have to do it alone. They’ve been pushed into the position of having to defend their masking policies with no help or backup from local government. That is wrong.”

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