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Coconino County Returns To Mask Requirement In County Buildings Wednesday

Coconino County will reinstate mask requirements in all county buildings Wednesday at 8 a.m. County officials say the decision to do so is based on current data from the CDC and guidance from the Coconino County Health and Human Services Department. County health officials say Coconino County has seen a rise in COVID cases over the past several weeks and is currently in “high” COVID-19 transmission. CCHHS Director Kim Musselman says “vaccination is the path out of this pandemic, and is the best way to protect you, your family, and your community. We are in a race against time to increase vaccination coverage and stop other variants from developing.” Musselman adds, “unvaccinated individuals should get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. And while we are in substantial or high transmission, both the vaccinated and unvaccinated should wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of Delta and protect others.” County employees and visitors must wear masks in public and common areas of all county buildings. Employees shall practice COVID-19 prevention practices, including proper hand washing and physical distancing. The county’s policy falls under Governor Ducey’s mask mandate executive order he made in March under the provision: “political subdivisions can still set and enforce policies in their own government buildings and on public transportation, including requiring face coverings.” The order also says, “businesses still have the right to maintain mask mandates in their own establishments and refuse service to those who do not comply.”

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