City of Flagstaff
March 26, 2021
For Immediate Release
Statement from the Flagstaff City Council related to the COVID-19 pandemic
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz – Yesterday alone, 32 Arizonans died from COVID-19. Only 16% of Arizonans are fully vaccinated. Executive Order 2021-06 is not in the best interest of public health and further erodes home rule. COVID-19 continues to spread with many variants and the City Council remains committed to seeing our community reach collective immunity through vaccination. Ensuring public health and keeping our community safe is our fundamental responsibility and priority.
Mayor Deasy and the Flagstaff City Council do not plan to rescind the face covering proclamation in Flagstaff and they have requested that staff look further into this matter. The proclamation will remain in place but will not be enforced while the city analyzes the impacts of the Executive Order. We encourage people to continue to wear face coverings and physically distance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Local businesses are allowed (and encouraged) to continue to require masks to enter their establishments. If a person refuses to wear a mask or leave your business upon a lawful request to leave, you may request assistance from the Police Department for trespassing.
The CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around other people and the city recommends that people continue to follow these recommendations (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html#:~:text=CDC%20recommends%20that%20people%20wear,will%20be%20around%20other%20people). For those who are fully vaccinated:
- Can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing masks
- Can gather indoors with unvaccinated individuals from one other household without masks if all individuals are at low risk for severe illness from COVID-19
- Do not have to be tested or quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless the develop symptoms.
- Fully vaccinated people should still wear masks and practice social distancing when out in public, avoid medium to large gatherings, and wear masks when gathering with multiple households of unvaccinated people or visiting an unvaccinated person at increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
The Flagstaff City Council will discuss COVID-19 restrictions and re-opening during their Council meeting on March 30, 2021Tuesday at 3 p.m. at https://www.flagstaff.az.gov/1461/Streaming-City-Council-Meetings.