As the number of COVID-19 cases rises locally and statewide, Sierra Vista Mayor Rick Mueller has reinstated an emergency declaration requiring that people over the age of 10 wear face coverings or shields while in public when physical distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible, effective immediately.
The original emergency declaration took effect on Saturday, June 27, and was suspended on Friday, Sept. 18, based on the declining number of new COVID-19 cases seen in the time that followed. The order was never rescinded so that it could be reinstated in the event cases began to rise significantly again.
“The latest local data shows an increasing trend of new COVID-19 cases in Cochise County and within our community,” Mueller says. “Sierra Vistans have done a great job keeping transmission here relatively low but it’s time that we must once again do more to combat this highly contagious virus.”
Enforcement of this order will focus 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.
There are currently 330 active cases reported in Cochise County, including 71 in Sierra Vista zip codes. For the latest local COVID-19 data head to https://covid-cochisehealth.hub.arcgis.com/.
Exceptions to the order
Face coverings are not required:
- 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.