UPDATE: Pima County to enforce mask mandate despite executive order

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey calls move more ‘political grandstanding than anything else.’

UPDATE: Pima County to enforce mask mandate despite executive order
On March 30, Pima County leaders said it will continue to enforce its mask mandate despite the recent executive order from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. (Source: kauz)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pima County officials are again challenging a declaration by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

On March 26, the Pima County Attorney’s Office sent a letter to County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry claiming Ducey does not have the authority to prevent the county health department from enacting reasonable public health measures.

According to a news release, that means the Board of Supervisors’ resolution approved on Dec. 4 is still in effect.

When asked about the decision. Ducey released the following statement.

“It’s completely inconsequential,” he said. “They’ve never enforced their mask mandate. It seems more like political grandstanding than anything else.”

Under the resolution, people in Pima County over the age of 5 must wear a face mask over their nose and mouth unless they have a qualifying exemption or are able to maintain physical distance.

Officials including Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia and Pima County Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen are instructing health inspectors to continue to enforce the mask mandate at establishments regulated by the health department.

Businesses in violation of the mask mandate risk fines of $500 per infraction, and potential suspension or revocation of its operating permits.

“This pandemic is not over. There are still hundreds of thousands of people in Pima County who are not vaccinated and who remain at risk for serious illness or death if they contract COVID-19,” Garcia said. “The best protection they have until they get vaccinated is for everyone to continue to wear their masks.”

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