/ Modified dec 21, 2021 4:24 p.m.

Pima County reinstates mask requirement

The mandate goes into effect immediately and runs through the end of February.

360 mask poster ua bookstore A sign outside of the University of Arizona bookstore reminds visitors that masks are required to enter.
AZPM Staff

Pima County Supervisors on Tuesday narrowly approved a renewed masking requirement for indoor public spaces where social distancing is not possible.

The mandate goes into effect immediately and runs through the end of February.

Supervisor Matt Heinz proposed the rule as a way to help the health care system cope with the latest surge in COVID-19 infections.

"The hospitals are really stretched to the point of bursting, which is causing folks to have delays in elective surgeries which are still medically necessary and making it very, very difficult for our healthcare workers to accommodate the needs of the community," he said.

Supervisor Rex Scott opposed the rule, arguing there was no way to enforce it and that it would be counterproductive.

"I am not willing to tell you that you must wear masks because I know that many of you will choose to ignore or defy that mandate," he said.

The board's lone Republican, Steve Christy, joined Scott in voting against it, but they were out voted 3-2.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media is a service of the University of Arizona and our broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents who hold the trademarks for Arizona Public Media and AZPM. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples.
The University of Arizona