Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix City lifted mask mandate for the fully vaccinated

Scott Murdoch

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PHOENIX, AZ — The Phoenix City Council voted unanimously to end its nearly year-long mask mandate to align with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

This vote practically amends the prior decision made by the Phoenix City Council regarding face covering that will take effect on June 20, 2021. Since the CDC updated its COVID-19 guidelines on May 16, 2021, this change becomes necessary to comply with the national public health policy.

The recent council vote also decided if there is a new change with the future CDC guidelines, the city council does not have to hold an additional vote. The city's new ordinances will be adapted and adjusted automatically with the latest CDC guidance as it is issued moving forward.

The change means those who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks when in both indoor and outdoor public places throughout the city of Phoenix. However, residents will still need masks on public transportation and its facilities.

The CDC announced that those who have been fully vaccinated could resume activities prior to the pandemic, including activities with family members and traveling within the US without getting tested beforehand or needing to self-quarantine upon returning.

Businesses, government sites, and workplaces are still free to determine should they want to apply their own mask requirements. Currently, the city manager requires masks inside any city facilities, including the city hall, libraries, and offices.

The CDC also continues to recommend those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms get tested, stay home and away from others.

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