Gilbert will let mask order expire, but county’s regulation stays in place

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Maricopa County's face mask regulation will remain in place after the town of Gilbert's order expires July 19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Maricopa County's face mask regulation will remain in place after the town of Gilbert's order expires July 19. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

The town of Gilbert’s face mask order will be allowed to expire at 5 p.m. July 19, but residents must still stay covered under Maricopa County’s regulation.

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels said the town will let its order expire to avoid confusion about community mask requirements between the town and county.

“This will not change anything for our residents,” Daniels said in a statement. “We fully support the use of masks in Gilbert and will continue to educate the community on the county’s regulations, which remain in effect until further notice. We encourage everyone to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community."

Town Council voted 5-2 June 19 for a 30-day face covering requirement, but the regulation focused on education and had no penalties.

Later that day, Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously voted for a countywide requirement. The county’s order includes the following face covering requirements:

  • People over than 6 years old must wear masks in enclosed public spaces where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.

  • Adults with children 2 to 5 years old must make a reasonable effort to make them wear masks inside enclosed public spaces.

  • All riders and operators on public transportation must wear a mask.

  • Staff working in public spaces such as restaurants or stores must wear masks.


The order offers categorical exemptions for people in their homes and also includes exemptions for:


  • children under 2 years old;

  • restaurant patrons while they are eating and drinking;

  • people walking or exercising outdoors while maintaining 6 feet of distance; and

  • when in a personal vehicle, office or other personal space.


To be consistent with Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order June 17 that allowed local jurisdictions to make rules on masks and enforce them, law enforcement is directed to focus first on education before enforcement.


According to the order, people will be given an opportunity to comply before any citation is made. The first offense will incur a warning, and further offenses are subject to a civil penalty of no more than $50.
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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