The city of Flagstaff is once again requiring wearing masks in city facilities. Officials say the change is due to the increase in COVID-19 community transmission. The requirement is for everyone, including those who are vaccinated. Flagstaff councilman Austin Aslan says “this is a very annoying turn of events in my opinion.” He adds, “mask mandates will go away once our vaccination rate rises. It’s that simple.” The city is following CDC guidelines that vaccinated people should “wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” The CDC has designated Coconino County as an area with “substantial transmission” of the virus. The requirement only applies to city facilities while indoors and does not apply to private businesses or establishments. However, they have the ability to require mask wearing inside in their business.