Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise withdrew the city’s emergency proclamation issued June 18, 2020, declaring the use of face coverings in the city of Avondale due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The announcement comes on the heels of Executive Order 2021-06 by Gov. Doug Ducey, prohibiting all counties, cities and towns in Arizona from mandating the use of face coverings. The order (https://bit.ly/
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• Face coverings are not required in city parks and open public spaces.
• Events of 50 or more will no longer require the approval of local government.
• Local businesses are no longer required to mandate employees and customers wear face coverings. Businesses have the right to continue COVID-19 mitigation measures such as requiring face coverings and social distancing and can contact the Avondale Police Department for assistance in enforcing such measures.
The order does not prohibit the city from maintaining COVID-19 mitigation policies and practices in city facilities and buildings, including requiring the use of face coverings.
The city manager will continue to require face coverings to be worn by employees in all city buildings and indoor facilities, until further notice. The Avondale City Court, under Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Administrative Order 2020-79, will continue to require face masks until further notice.
“Our community needs to remain vigilant against the threat of COVID-19,” Weise said. “While the number of cases is on the decline in Arizona, coronavirus is still circulating. I urge residents to follow public health guidelines and exercise caution to avoid becoming infected.”
The city encourages residents to stay informed about the level of spread of COVID-19; exercise effective habits, such as social distancing, good hygiene and mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible; and take advantage of opportunities to be vaccinated against the disease.
The city will continue the following measures, among others, to help reduce the risk to people:
• Mandatory mask requirements for employees in city buildings.
• Advising those who are sick not to enter public buildings.
• Encouraging interactions online, by phone or by email, when possible.
• Increased sanitizing in city buildings.
The city recommends members of the public wear face coverings in all city-owned and -operated buildings, facilities and enclosed public spaces in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines.