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Maricopa County Treasurer says masks optional

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Posted at 5:51 PM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 20:52:00-04

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora has decided not to require face coverings in his office, in spite of a county-wide proclamation that they be worn in public spaces, ABC15 has learned.

On Friday the office confirmed that masks are encouraged but can be worn, "at each employee's discretion."

Flora's office released a statement saying in part, "Employees that are outside the office and within the county’s premises comply with county directives."

According to county spokesperson Lisa Blyler, the mandatory face-covering proclamation only applied to staff that report to appointed officials, not those who are elected, "like the County Treasurer, County Attorney, Sheriff, etc., often set their own policies for their staff."

She said the county did not have a comment on policies within the offices of elected officials.