While I remain an advocate for precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including mask wearing, this can no longer be a legal requirement in the city of Mesa, based on Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement today. The governor’s executive order nullifies Mesa’s mask mandate. Mask wearing will continue to be required in city of Mesa buildings.
All Mesa residents should remain actively vigilant because the pandemic is not over. Please continue to exercise the effective habits we’ve learned during the pandemic, including social distancing, good hygiene and mask wearing when distancing is not possible.
Vaccinations are now available to Arizona residents age 16 and older and starting in early April, an additional high-volume vaccination site will open in southeast Mesa. I encourage everyone to get their shot as soon as they are able. These intentional actions are how we will all be able to move past the pandemic.
Editor's note: John Giles was elected mayor of Mesa in 2014 and began his second full term in January 2021.