CDC Mask Guidance: Tucson City Council votes to end mask mandate

TUCSON, AZ – Tucson City Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to lift the city’s mask requirement in December amid updated mask guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s announcement centered on the fact that most Americans are not required to wear masks indoors and outdoors if they are fully vaccinated and are not living or working in a correctional facility or detention center, homeless shelter, airplane, or near anyone who has COVID-19, said the center.

CDC guidelines state that people should continue to be subject to federal, local, or tribal mask requirements, including all public transportation, including Tucson’s Sun Link tram route.

Several school districts in the Tucson area, including the Tucson Unified School District, Catalina Foothills School District, and Amphitheater School District, will continue to enforce their mandates.

Tucson Unified School District sent the following statement to Patch:

“The Tucson Unified School District will not change its face mask / cover requirements in our schools and on our properties and will continue to be in effect as a reminder of the school year.

Julie Farbarik, director of the Catalina Foothills school district, told Patch:

“Since we do not know who is fully vaccinated among our employees and students (aged 16 and over), we will keep our mask requirement until the end of the school year.”

Amphitheater Public Schools sent Patch the following statement:

“Amphitheater Public Schools has decided to maintain face-covering requirements for students, staff and visitors to Amphitheater Public Schools at least until the end of the school year. Face-covering is one of many key strategies in the mitigation plan developed by the district over the past year to affect our schools to protect.

“The district appreciates your continued support from students, families and staff, and we look forward to ending this school year strong and healthy.”

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