Coconino County, Flagstaff, dropping COVID-19 mask mandates

May 26, 2021 Updated: May 26, 2021, 11:53 am

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (AP) – Flagstaff, the most populous city in Coconino County in northern Arizona, and the county itself are dropping masking mandates they put in place last June to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy announced Tuesday that the city’s proclamation, which went into effect June 20, would end on Wednesday, and the county regulator unanimously voted on Tuesday to lift the county’s mandate on June 1 .

The county’s action only affects areas without legal personality, and all mask mandates imposed by local and tribal governments can still be enforced, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.

Deasy pointed to the wide availability of COVID-19 vaccines and the falling number of cases.

“We will continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and our local health departments and urge our residents to do the same,” Deasy said in a city statement.

The statement said that businesses can continue to require face-covering and social distancing on private property and that face-covering is still required for public transportation, at the airport and in other areas required by federal law.

Arizona reported 656 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total pandemic count to 878,338 cases and 17,576 deaths.

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