Following federal guidelines, Valley cities begin lifting mask mandates


Officials in Valley cities are lifting mask requirements in accordance with new federal COVID-19 guidelines.

Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said effective Friday he was rescinding the declaration of emergency that went into effect March 19, 2020. The proclamation included a mask-wearing policy.

Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega’s office said Thursday his emergency proclamation that went into effect Jan. 13 was being shelved immediately in city buildings and facilities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people Thursday, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.


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