Mayor calls emergency meeting on wearing masks and more: News from Gilbert, Chandler

Gilbert Town Council will have an emergency council meeting June 19 to discuss the possibility of a masks requirement as coronavirus continues to spread in Arizona. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)
Gilbert Town Council will have an emergency council meeting June 19 to discuss the possibility of a masks requirement as coronavirus continues to spread in Arizona. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

Gilbert Town Council will have an emergency council meeting June 19 to discuss the possibility of a masks requirement as coronavirus continues to spread in Arizona. (Courtesy town of Gilbert)

Read the latest news from the Phoenix metro area.

Gilbert mayor calls emergency council meeting on masks

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels has called for an emergency town council meeting to discuss the town’s options on a mask requirement.

The meeting will take place virtually at 8 a.m. June 19.

Gilbert chamber honors top businesses, individuals as CEO Kathy Tilque heads to retirement



Kathy Tilque, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, bid farewell to the chamber as it recognized top companies and individuals at its 14th annual business awards luncheon June 17.

Tilque is retiring June 30 to run for Gilbert Town Council.

Gov. Doug Ducey: 'Every Arizonan should wear a face mask;' gives local governments ability to implement face mask policies

Gov. Doug Ducey gave local governments the ability to implement and enforce face mask policies as they see fit during a news conference Wendesday, June 17. The governor also urged all Arizonans to wear a mask when they leave their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

2 Chandler USD board members among school board members across the Valley calling on governor to create mask mandate

Chandler USD board members Lindsay Love and David Evans signed a letter from other Valley school board members to Gov. Doug Ducey, asking the governor to create a statewide mask mandate.

Kyrene School District to require students to wear masks when they return to school in July

Kyrene School District officials released their return-to-school plan for the 2020-21 school year, taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and creating a "comprehensive plan to mitigate risk" for when students return. The plan covers bus safety, food safety, events and more—and the plan also stipulates that students and staff are to wear face coverings while on campus.

ADOT announces upcoming closures, restrictions on Loop 101 through Chandler

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced restrictions and closures on a stretch of the Loop 101 through Chandler as crews continue to work to add a travel lane in each direction on the freeway. The project is expected to wrap up later this summer, though ADOT representatives have yet to give a date.

Tom Blodgett and Alexa D’Angelo contributed to this report.