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Phoenix, Tempe among places with new mask mandates for city facilities

Thirteen of Arizona’s 15 counties, including Maricopa, home to nearly two-thirds of the state’s residents, fall into the substantial or high categories on the CDC’s map.

By KTAR

Municipalities across Arizona, including Phoenix, are starting to mandate face masks in city buildings again in response to a change in federal COVID-19 mitigation guidelines and rising case numbers.

In May, the Phoenix City Council adopted a policy to automatically follow changes in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on face coverings.

Based on new data about the rapid spread of the COVID-19 delta variant, the CDC now recommends that even vaccinated people return to wearing masks in public indoor settings in parts of the U.S. classified as having substantial or high transmission.

Thirteen of Arizona’s 15 counties, including Maricopa, home to nearly two-thirds of the state’s residents, fall into the substantial or high categories on the CDC’s map.

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