Pandemic Preparedness: Mask Mandates for Arizona Cities

All infected individuals, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms or not, CAN indeed transmit COVID-19. However, wearing a mask limits the potential spread of the virus, even from those who don’t know that they have been infected. When you wear a mask you are protecting everyone around you and to a lesser extent yourself. We all want to do our part to help reduce transmission and protect the people around us. This small, but impactful action protects the community and those most vulnerable to the virus.

In many cities, mask wearing is being mandated by city officials. For cities that do not have specific requirements, per CDC recommendations, everyone over age 2 without prohibitive medical conditions should wear a cloth face covering while in public spaces, especially indoors and outdoors when you cannot adhere to physical distancing. Each jurisdiction has slightly different mandates, so read the specifics for your city’s requirements carefully. Places of businesses may have additional requirements that vary from the city mandates.

Individual city requirements can be found in the table below. Click on your city/area name for a full list of exceptions and requirements.

Cities/AreasRequirementsWent into effectExceptions
AvondaleMasks are required at retail establishments, convenience stores, grocery stores, pharmacies, gyms, indoor sports or activity facilities, and medical offices.Sunday, June 21 at 12:01amThose under the age of 2

Individuals with disabilities and underlying medical conditions that would prohibit wearing a face mask.
BuckeyeBuckeye will be following the Maricopa county face mask mandate: Face masks are required in public places.Saturday, June 20th at 12amThose under the age of 6
CarefreeFace masks will be required in public places and in businesses.
Thursday, June 18th
Those under the age of 5
Casa GrandeEveryone is required to wear a mask in public.Saturday, June 20th at 6amThose under the age of 6
ChandlerFace coverings are required when in public places.Saturday, June 20thThose under the age of 6
Coconino CountyResidents and visitors are required to wear masks when social distancing isn’t possible.Saturday, June 20th at 12pmOnly applies to the unincorporated areas of the county, not within the cities and towns.
FlagstaffFace masks must be worn in public places.Saturday, June 20th at 8pmThose under the age of 5
Fountain HillsFountain Hills will be following the Maricopa county face mask mandate: Face masks are required in public places.Saturday, June 20th at 12am
The regulations do not apply to people in homes

Children under 2 years old

Restaurant patrons while they are eating and drinking

People walking or exercising outdoors (while maintaining six feet of distance)

When in a personal vehicle or other personal space

In settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a Face Covering, including when obtaining or rendering goods or services, such dental services, medical treatments or while swimming

For persons who fall into the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability
GilbertFace coverings are required in places where physical distancing isn’t possible, for both indoor and outdoor spaces.Friday, June 19th at 5 pmThose who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical or behavioral condition

Children under 6 years of age

Restaurant patrons while they are dining

When complying with directions of law enforcement officers

Where it is not practical/feasible to wear a face covering, such as the receipt of dental services or while swimming

Anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
GlendalePeople are required to wear a face covering in public.Saturday, June 20th at 12:01amThose under the age of 6
GoodyearEveryone is required to wear a face mask in public.Saturday, June 20thThose under the age of 6

Those with medical conditions 

Anyone exercising outdoors
GuadalupePeople are required to wear a face covering while in public.Friday, June 19thThose under the age of 6
Litchfield ParkPeople are required to wear a face covering in public spaces.Friday, June 19thThose under the age of 4
Maricopa CountyFace masks are required in public places.Saturday, June 20th at 12amRules don’t apply for cities within the county, only in unincorporated areas

Those under the age of 6
MesaFace masks are required in public.
FAQ can be found here.
Monday, June 22Those under the age of 6

Private and charter schools

Those who have a medical, mental health, or developmental condition that prohibits them from wearing a face covering

Restaurant and bar patrons (while eating or drinking)

While inside a personal or commercial vehicle that is not public transportation

When exercising at a gym when physical distancing can be maintained

Inside a workspace not intended for use by the general public

Religious institutions or those with religious beliefs that would prohibit wearing a face covering

Those complying with directions from public safety employees and emergency responders
NogalesMasks are to be worn in public spaces.Thursday, June 18thThose under the age of 2

Not required while eating

Those exercising outdoors alone or swimming
Paradise ValleyParadise Valley will be following the Maricopa county face mask mandate: Face masks are required in public places.Saturday, June 20th at 12amThe regulations do not apply to people in their homes

Children under 2 years old

Restaurant patrons while they are eating and drinking

People walking or exercising outdoors (while maintaining six feet of distance)

When in a personal vehicle (with only household members), office or other personal space

Recognized medical exceptions (people do not have to provide proof)
PaysonMasks are to be worn in public spaces.Thursday, June 18th at 5pmThose under the age of 2
PeoriaFace masks are required in public places.Monday, June 22 at 6amThose under the age of 6
PhoenixEveryone over the age of six years old must wear a face mask while in a public area within Phoenix.Saturday, June 20 at 6amThose with a medical condition or disability who are under 6 years of age

Those with religious beliefs that prevent them from wearing a face covering

Restaurant patrons while they are eating/drinking

Those exercising outdoors (as long as physical distanding can be maintained)

Those engaging in team sports or exercising where it is not feasible to wear a mask

People in settings where it is not practical to wear a face covering (e.g., receiving dental services)
Queen CreekQueen Creek will be following the Maricopa county face mask mandate: Face masks are required in public places.Saturday, June 20th at 12amThe regulations do not apply to people in their homes

Children under 2 years old

Restaurant patrons while they are eating and drinking

People walking or exercising outdoors (while maintaining six feet of distance)

When in a personal vehicle (with only household members), office or other personal space

Recognized medical exceptions (people do not have to provide proof)
Santa Cruz County
County residents are required to wear face coverings while in public. This jurisdiction does not apply to cities within the county, unless indicated otherwise by the city.
Sunday, June 21stThose under the age of 2

Those at a food establishment may remove their masks while eating / drinking

Jail inmates

Those who are swimming

Law enforcement officers (if it is creating a risk)
ScottsdaleMasks are to be worn in public spaces.Friday, June 19thThose under the age of 6

Those exercising outdoors

Those with a medical condition that prohibits them from wearing a face covering
SurpriseFace coverings are required within the city when physical distancing is not possible.Saturday, June 20thThose aged 2 and under
TempeMasks are to be worn in public spaces. Thursday, June 18thIf religious beliefs conflict with wearing face coverings

Those exercising outdoors

Those under the age of 6

Those with certain medical conditions
TollesonMasks are to be worn in public spaces. Saturday, June 20 at 8amThose under the age of 2

Those with medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing a face covering
TucsonMasks are to be worn in public spaces. FAQ can be found here.Saturday, June 20th at 6amThose under the age of 2

Those exercising outdoors

Those with medical conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering

While in personal spaces
YumaPeople are required to wear a face mask (both indoors and outdoors) when physical distancing cannot be maintained.Thursday, June 18th at 1pmThose under the age of 2

Those exercising outdoors

Those unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition

Cities that strongly recommend face coverings:
Apache Junction
Bullhead City
Cave Creek
El Mirage
Prescott

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