Chairman signs proclamation regarding the wearing of Face Coverings in Yuma County
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Proclamation by the Chairman of the YUMA COUNTY Board of Supervisors
requiring face coverings FOR THE PURPOSE OF mitigating the spread of COVID-19 / El presidente de la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Yuma firma una proclamación sobre el uso de revestimientos faciales en el condado de Yuma (below)
WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the Governor of Arizona, issued a declaration of Public Health Emergency due to the necessity to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19;
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Yuma County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors declared an emergency in the unincorporated areas of Yuma County to address COVID-19;
WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Yuma County Public Health Services District have advised individuals to wear cloth face coverings when they are out in public and may be in close proximity to others in order to prevent transmission of this highly contagious virus;
WHEREAS, the Governor of Arizona issued Executive Order 2020-40 on June 17, 2020 that allows a county, city or town, based on conditions in its jurisdiction, to adopt policies regarding the wearing of face coverings in public for the purpose of mitigating the spread of COVID-19;
WHEREAS, Yuma County continues to experience a significant increase in positive cases of COVID-19 and deaths related thereto;
WHEREAS, the spread of COVID-19 can lead to severe respiratory illness, disease complications, and death for Yuma County residents, particularly people of any age who have underlying medical conditions and people who are 65 or older; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 is mitigated by the use of face coverings;
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED THAT:
Effective Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., any person over the age of two (2) who is in a place open to the public, whether indoor or outdoor, and who is unable to or does not maintain a distance of approximately six (6) feet from every other person, shall cover his or her mouth and nose with a face covering, except where a person is unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition or a person is otherwise exempted by the Arizona Department of Health Services from doing so. A person who declines to wear a face covering because of a medical condition shall not be required to produce documentation verifying the condition. This requirement applies to all workers and customers of businesses and other organizations open to the public that are permitted to operate.
“Face covering” as used in this Order means:
- A face mask fabricated to cover the nose and mouth, or
- A cloth face covering which covers the nose and mouth and which is large enough to be secured under the chin and kept on the face hands-free with either loops or rubber bands over the ears or can be tied or looped to the back of the head. Cloth face coverings should be made of a tight-weave fabric and that are folded or sewn to have more than one layer. Face coverings include, but are not limited to, bandanas, medical masks, cloth masks, and gaiters.
Face coverings do not include any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling. Such masks cannot be used to comply with this Order.
All persons are required to wear face coverings at all times when inside grocery stores, pharmacies, and other retail stores. All persons are also required to wear face coverings when providing or using the services of any taxi, car, livery, ride-sharing, or similar service or any means of public transportation, or while within an enclosed or semi-enclosed transit stop or waiting area.
Yuma County hereby determines that the health and safety of Yuma County residents require that all businesses, offices, shops, and manufacturing and similar facilities shall post conspicuous signs at all entrances to their establishment that employee, customers and visitors to their establishment must wear face coverings pursuant to this Order to be admitted into their premises. If a customer refuses to wear a mask or cloth face covering for nonmedical reasons, a business may decline entry to the individual.
Face coverings are not required:
- When at home
- When alone in a vehicle or in the vehicle only with people you live with
- When eating
- When swimming
- When exercising outdoors alone or only with people you live with
Law enforcement and regulatory agencies shall focus first on educating and working to promote best practices to accomplish the goals of this Proclamation. Upon initial violations, notice of the provisions of this Proclamation and associated guidance from ADHS shall be provided and an opportunity to comply shall be offered.
Any person who violates the terms of this Proclamation after being asked to comply may be found guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes § 26-317.
This Proclamation is effective Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., and shall remain in effect until rescinded or until the emergency is terminated, whichever occurs first.
Proclaimed this 18th day of June, 2020
MARCO A. “TONY” REYES, Chairman
Yuma County Board of Supervisors