The city of Phoenix decides to lift the mask mandate for fully vaccinated people
Phoenix City Council approves the relaxation of the mask mandate and the establishment of a police oversight committee
Phoenix City Council has decided to lift the mask mandate for fully vaccinated residents and they have decided to set up a civilian police review body. Matt Galka from FOX 10 reports.
PHOENIX – – Phoenix City Council unanimously decided to lift the city’s mask mandate for fully vaccinated people after new CDC guidelines were issued last week.
The city will follow federal guidelines on airports and on public transportation, but companies can determine if they will still need face masks.
“The change means those who are fully vaccinated will no longer have to wear masks when in public spaces both indoors and outdoors in the City of Phoenix,” the Phoenix City website said.
“Let’s stay vigilant by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask when advised,” said Mayor Kata Gallego.
On May 13, CDC officials eased mask-wearing instructions for the fully vaccinated so they could stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor spaces.
The guidelines continue to require the wearing of masks in crowded indoor spaces such as buses, airplanes, hospitals, prisons and shelters for the homeless. However, they will help pave the way for jobs, schools, and other venues to reopen – and even remove the need for social distancing for those who are fully vaccinated.
The mask mandate statement was issued on June 20 last year and urged residents to cover their nose and mouth in public places or whenever they are within two meters of someone outside their household.
Arizona reported 540 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 17 new deaths on Wednesday.
The state dashboard released the latest virus-related data on May 19, bringing the pandemic-wide total to 874,605 and 17,497 deaths.
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 rose slightly to 607. Of these, 176 were in intensive care units.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Arizona was 568 on Monday. It is the lowest average since March 31.
The seven-day moving average of daily deaths was 8.
Almost 5.6 million doses of vaccine have now been administered in Arizona. Over 3.1 million people, or 44% of the state’s eligible population, have received at least one dose. Over 2.6 million are fully vaccinated.
Arizona health officials are hoping for more demand as this is the first full week that children ages 12-15 can be vaccinated.
The Associated Press contributed to these reports.
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