City of Kingman Continues Mask Requirements
Worn in All Businesses Open to Public
Through the End of the Year
KINGMAN, Ariz. – As the state and county have seen a downward trend in overall positive tests of COVID-19, with the Labor Day holiday right around the corner, schools opening with hybrid options, and the upcoming flu season, there remains a risk to the well-being of our citizens and additional strain on the healthcare facilities and workers in the City of Kingman. Based on this, Mayor Jen Miles will extend the proclamation that requires people to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth whenever they are patrons of businesses within the City of Kingman, through Thursday, December 31, 2020. This proclamation is subject to review prior to the end of the year if the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) benchmarks indicate a manageable COVID-19 positivity rate baseline has been achieved. ADHS has also created a website, where people can file complaints online https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-compliance. The city asks that residents DO NOT call 911 in order to report non-compliance; save 911 calls for medical emergencies.
Kingman Mayor Jen Miles said, “Thank you to everyone who is wearing face coverings and protecting those around them. We are making progress. However, the positivity rates in our county must decline further in order for the Arizona Department of Health Services standards to allow certain businesses in Mohave County to re-open safely. Let’s each do our part to drive down the positivity rate and help them re-open. By wearing masks, we support each other and the efforts of schools and the many businesses whose own policies require face coverings.”
The original proclamation went into effect Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at 1 a.m. and would have expired this Sunday, August 30, 2020. It requires every person in the City of Kingman, ages six and over to cover their nose and mouth whenever they enter places of business that serve the public.
Any business whose employees cannot observe physical distancing, must require face coverings; including those that interact with the public. Businesses also have the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering.
Kingman Police will work to educate the public on this order, and when possible, provide face coverings. Upon complaint, available officers will share information with residents who are not in compliance with the order. This will include CDC guidelines suggesting wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain. The City intends to lead with education and providing information to the community.
A face covering is considered any type of fabric or cloth that can safely cover your nose and mouth. These can be store-bought (mask, scarf or bandana) or home-made using traditional fabrics used for clothing and other materials (cotton, poly-blends, etc.) A face covering must cover the nose and mouth.
People who are exempt from wearing face covering include:
- Whileat an establishment, building or office space that has less than 10 persons provided that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended social distancing is maintained between each person.
- Forthose who fall into the CDC’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings, due to a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability.
- Forchildren under six (6) years old.
- Aspart of a religious ceremony or service.
- Forrestaurant or similar business patrons while they are eating or drinking. If a patron is not seated at their table or other designated eating area, a face covering is required if social distancing cannot be accomplished.
- For individuals exercising outdoors, or while walking or exercising with other people who are within a small group of people they are closely and frequently associated with, as long as physical distancing from others is maintained. For individuals congregatingoutdoors with other people not within a small group of people they are closely and frequently associated with, face coverings are required when physical distancing is not maintained.
- Insettings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including when obtaining or rendering goods or services, such as the receipt of dental services, medical treatments or while swimming.
- Whena person is in an office or vehicle (or similar space) where others are not present.
- Forpublic safety employees and/or emergency responders and/or field employees engaged in essential functions, when wearing the face covering would interfere with or limit their ability to carry out their duties or functions.
- Forindividuals complying with the directions of public safety employees.
- At federal, state, and other Mohave County facilities.
- Forthe purposes of this order, “place of public accommodation” means facilities, establishments, accommodations, services, commodities, or any use offered to or for use by the general public, including public places where food or beverages are offered for sale, public places operated for temporary lodging, use or accommodation of those seeking health or recreation and all establishments offering such goods or facilities, and entities soliciting patronage from the general public, except for religious organizations.
- Incompliance with Executive Order No. 2020-40, enforcement of this proclamation shall focus on education and providing guidance issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services in order to promote the health and safety of Kingman residents aswell as to further contain the spread of COVID-19.