Gilbert mayor calls emergency council meeting on masks

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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 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.

A mask requirement became a possibility June 17 when Gov. Doug Ducey announced he would allow local authorities to decide whether to implement and enforce a mask or face covering requirement in the wake of the state’s continuing spread of COVID-19 cases.

Daniels said in her weekly video update the council would have three options: no requirement for masks, only encouragement to use them; require masks but not put in place an enforcement mechanism; or require a mask and put an enforcement mechanism in place.

“That’s what we’re going to discuss as a council Friday morning at 8 a.m., and we will communicate as quickly as we can any updates,” Daniels said.


Daniels said the town is in touch with its hospitals, Banner Gateway and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, and that they appear to be doing OK in capacity, though some areas of the county and state are rapidly seeing hospitals approach capacity.

Daniels noted cases in Gilbert, which crossed 600 on June 17, have increased more than 39 percent in the past seven days.

Maricopa County has the highest trend in the nation for new cases, Daniels said. Gilbert’s 608 cases make up 2.73% of the county’s total of 22,232.

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 40,924 cases and 1,239 deaths on June 17.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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