Know when to mask up

Adam Curtis At A Glance

Gov. Doug Ducey recommends that Arizonans mask up whenever they are out in public and here in Sierra Vista face coverings or shields are required in many situations.

Exactly when and where in public wearing a face covering is required depends first on whether a person can continuously maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people. If they can, a covering is not required. If they cannot, it’s time to cover up. It’s also important to note the order only applies to persons over the age of 10.

In addition, there are a variety of exceptions in the order outlining situations when a face covering is not required. These exceptions are:

  • When at home.
  • When alone in a vehicle or in a vehicle with people you live with.
  • When a person is at a commercial establishment for the purposes of eating, drinking, or sleeping.
  • When exercising outdoors alone or with people they live with and while using public sports or practice fields.
  • While swimming.
  • In workspaces not open to the general public.
  • For any person who cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition or developmental disability, or who is unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
  • In an emergency situation where the wearing of a face covering is not feasible.

Pursuant to the City’s order, businesses can require that patrons wear face coverings when physical distancing in the business is impossible to maintain.

Enforcement of the City’s order is focused first on education to promote best practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Before any enforcement action is taken, a person shall be notified of the violation and be given an opportunity to comply. Refusal to comply may result in a citation for a class 1 misdemeanor.

For more information, go to our coronavirus updates webpage, which includes a link to review the full local emergency declaration on cloth face coverings and shields.