PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey announced a series of safety requirement rollbacks in Arizona Thursday, including one impacting local mask ordinances.
Today we are in a different spot, and we are also a lot smarter. I’m confident Arizona’s businesses and citizens will continue to act responsibly as we gradually get back to normal. Details on the new phase of mitigation can be found here: https://t.co/JLKsoeAuzU 7/— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) March 25, 2021
The newest executive order says: "...no county, city or town may make or issue any order, rule or regulation that conflicts with or is in addition to the policy...This includes but is not limited to mandated use of face coverings. Any city, town or county that has a rule, regulation or ordinance not in place as of March 11, 2020 that is in conflict with the provisions of this order shall not be enforced."
However, the executive order does say political subdivisions can still set and enforce policies in their own government buildings and on public transportation, including requiring face coverings.
It also states that businesses still have the right to maintain mask mandates in their own establishments and refuse service to those who do not comply.
Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said an emergency measure through the Arizona Department of Health Services was still in effect, requiring the use of face coverings in schools.
UPDATE: @AZDHS Emergency Measure 2020-04 is still in effect, requiring masks in all K12 schools. I'm relieved to hear this as masking is one of the top mitigation strategies for safe in-person learning as recommended by the @CDCgov. https://t.co/YZxu9JQUSP https://t.co/xWlLeExPZQ— Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) March 25, 2021