Mayor to Present Mask Proclamation at September 15 Council Meeting
KINGMAN, Ariz. – The mask proclamation will be on the September 15, 2020, City Council meeting agenda, in order for the full council to vote on the item.
Kingman Mayor Jen Miles said, “As COVID-19 cases and deaths surged in July, Mayors of about 90% of Arizona cities issued face covering mandates. Combined with the Governor’s Executive Orders designed to slow the spread, the state and county have seen dramatic decreases in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. On September 3rd, Mohave County actually was designated a “moderate” zone by Arizona Department of Health Services business benchmarks, allowing previously closed businesses to partially reopen. The protective measures are working but it is not time to do a ‘victory lap.’ We have additional risk factors entering the fall season such as schools reopening and flu season. We need to maintain our vigilance and our protective measures.”
Mayor Miles further said, “The city’s mask proclamation has made a difference in improving health outcomes. Importantly, it supports other institutions that are now applying their own mask requirements including our schools, businesses and healthcare community.”
Recently, the mayor extended 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. “However, we have a diverse community; there has been an outcry from those who disagree with any mandate to wear masks and/or the Mayor’s authority to issue it. Therefore, we will be taking the proclamation to City Council on September 15 for ratification. I hope that the Council will consider the positive results we are experiencing and will ratify the proclamation. It carries on the prioritization of public health during this crisis as well as the importance of maintaining continuity in protective measures with our partners throughout the city and county,” said Mayor Miles.
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.
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 as well as to further contain the spread of COVID-19.