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When does Mesa’s face covering proclamation go into effect?

Monday, June 22, 2020 at 8 a.m.

I have a medical exemption; do I need a doctor’s note?

No, those who cannot wear face coverings due to a medical, mental health, developmental condition; inability to remove the face mask without assistance or anyone who cannot wear face coverings under CDC guidance, do not have to have a doctor’s note and are not required to produce one

Do kids have to wear face coverings?

Yes, children ages six and up are required to wear face coverings when physical distancing cannot be safely maintained.

Will kids have to wear face coverings at school?

The elected governing bodies of our school districts will determine the policies of face coverings in the classroom in accordance with the Fourth Proclamation issued June 20, 2020 and the Maricopa County regulations issued June 19, 2020.

Why are churches exempt from the requirement of face coverings?

While the use of face coverings and physical distancing at church is highly recommended, it is not included in the proclamation due to federal protections.

Do I have to wear a face covering while outdoors?

No, face coverings are not required while exercising, walking or spending time outside as long as physical distancing of six feet is maintained between you and anyone that is not a part of your household. If you’re walking or exercising outside with members of your own household, you do not need to wear a face covering even if you are within six feet from one another.

Do I have to wear a face covering while swimming?

No, face coverings are not required while swimming, but physical distancing should be maintained. Face coverings are required in locker rooms.

Do I have to wear a face covering at the gym?

Face coverings are not required while actually engaging in physical activity at the gym or other indoor exercising facility. Face coverings are required at all times when not actually engaged in exercising. For example, face coverings are required when entering, exiting and in the locker room.

Do I have to wear a face covering while shopping?

Yes, face coverings are required while entering, exiting, waiting in line to enter, and while inside places of business including, but not limited to, grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, health care facilities, restaurants and bars (including outdoor seating for such facilities), hotels and motels (excluding the rented room or suite), gyms and similar facilities.

Do I have to wear a face covering while at a bar or restaurant?

Yes, face coverings are required while entering, exiting, waiting for a table and ordering. Face coverings can be removed while eating or drinking but must be worn otherwise. If a patron is not seated at their table or at the bar, a face covering is required.

Do I have to wear a face covering at work?

If you interact with the public while at work, a face covering is required. If you do not interact with the public while at work, physical distancing of at least six feet is recommended with your co-workers but you do not need to wear a face covering.

Do I have to wear a face covering in my car?

No, face coverings are not required while inside a personal or commercial vehicle that is not a public transportation vehicle, taxi, or ride sharing service. It is recommended to wear a face covering if you cannot maintain six feet of physical distancing between you and someone who is not a member of your household.

Where can I get a face covering?

Face coverings are widely available at retailers in Mesa. You can also use a bandana, scarf or piece of fabric as a face covering. Here is information from the Centers for Disease Control on how to make and wear face coverings, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html.

Can I carry a concealed weapon and wear a face covering?

Yes, face coverings can be worn while carrying a concealed weapon. If a crime is committed while concealing your identity with a face covering of any kind, it may be an aggravating factor at the time of sentencing if convicted for that crime.

What are the consequences for not wearing a face covering?

The enforcement of this proclamation is not designed to be punitive. Enforcement will begin with education and may increase to fines or more, depending on the circumstance and severity of the violation(s).

When does the requirement expire?

The proclamation is in effect until it is terminated by the Mayor or until the Governor revokes the authorization given to cities.

Where can I find more information about Mesa’s face covering proclamation?

The full proclamation is available here.