The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has voted to highly encourage the wearing of face-coverings but not to mandate masks.
The board vote was unanimous, though District 1 Supervisor Pete Rios made it clear as he voted that his preference was for a mandate, according to a release.
The supervisors encourage face coverings be worn if 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained in public, effective June 25, according to a resolution.
The resolution does not impact decisions made by Pinal County cities and towns since the board chose to vote only on unincorporated Pinal County.
"The health, safety and welfare of our citizens are our primary concerns. I encourage all residents and visitors to Pinal County to wear a face mask when in public," Chairman of the Board Anthony Smith said in the release. "With this added precaution, businesses should remain open, and the spread of the COVID-19 virus will be contained."