Gilbert recommending, not mandating, masks in town facilities, at events

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Gilbert will recommend wearing face masks in public facilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gilbert will recommend wearing face masks in public facilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gilbert will recommend but not mandate the wearing of face masks in town facilities and at events, Mayor Brigette Peterson said in a statement.

Peterson’s statement, issued March 30 in response to Gov. Doug Ducey’s March 25 executive order ending government-mandated masks in Arizona, said the town will continue to offer a variety of online services and online participation for town council meetings.

Peterson further stated that the governor’s order allows private businesses to determine and implement their own mitigation measures, including face coverings and distance requirements outside of any oversight or authority by the town.

Public transit riders must continue to wear masks under a federal mandate.

Peterson said she hoped residents are getting closer to returning to their pre-pandemic lives.


“I am sincerely grateful to our community members who have helped to slow the spread and who continue to respect the different perspectives and needs of individuals and businesses,” she said.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.