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Phoenix City Council votes to lift its mask mandate for those with COVID-19 vaccine

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Posted at 6:27 PM, May 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-19 22:04:17-04

PHOENIX — Phoenix City Council voted Wednesday to lift its citywide mask requirements for those who've received the COVID-19 vaccine.

The vote comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its updated guidance that said people who've received the COVID-19 vaccine and are considered to be fully vaccinated -- that is, received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of Johnson & Johnson and waited the two weeks -- could resume most indoor and outdoor activities without needing to wear a mask, including attending events and crowded gatherings.

Masks, however, are still required for everyone on public transportation, including at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, city buses, and trains due to a federal mask mandate.

Private businesses, including bars, breweries, restaurants, and stores, can also require customers to wear masks inside their establishments.

Large stores, such as Trader Joe's, Walmart, Target, Costco, Fry's Food Stores, Sprouts, Bashas', Food City, and AJ's Fine Foods have all lifted their mask requirements for fully vaccinated people within the last week, except in locations where there is is a local or state mandate.

"This is an important step in our fight against #COVID19. Let’s remain vigilant by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask when recommended," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said in a tweet following the vote.

Tempe and Tucson councils both voted to lift their mask mandates this week. Chandler and Scottsdale lifted their mask mandates last week. Mesa lifted its mask mandate and the change will become effective Monday, May 24.