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RCSCW lifts mask mandate in Sun City West

Following governor’s executive order

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Sun City West residents will no longer need to wear face coverings when visiting Recreation Centers of Sun City West facilities if they so choose.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order March 25 eliminating COVID-19 restrictions in the state he instituted last year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. However, Mr. Ducey’s order does give businesses the right to continue to require face coverings and other restrictions, such as social distancing.

RCSCVW officials lifted the mask requirement they had in place, but continue to encourage people to take precautions. RCSCW officials stopped enforcing Maricopa County’s mask mandate March 26.

“Maricopa County respects the governor’s authority to issue executive orders during this emergency,” Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers said in a statement. “The county face covering regulation is no longer in effect as of the issuance of this morning’s order.”

While face coverings will not be mandated in RCSCW facilities, officials continue to recommend residents and employees wear masks and practice social distancing. Plexiglass and sanitizing stations will remain in place.

Ducey’s order lifts all of his previous COVID-related executive orders. It also stated counties, towns and cities can no longer enforce COVID policies, including requirements to wear face coverings, except in the case of governmental buildings and public transportation.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID dashboard, nearly 72 percent of residents in the Sun City West ZIP code have been vaccinated. Additionally, vaccines are now available at state-run sites for anyone 16 and older.

County officials, like those from RCSCW and Mr. Ducey, encourage residents to stay informed about the level of spread of COVID-19 in their communities and vaccination rates by using the resources on the Maricopa County website.

“Like the governor, I encourage people to take precautions, such as wearing masks and staying away from large groups where you can’t stay six feet apart,” Mr. Sellers stated. “And please get vaccinated as soon as possible. While the vaccine supply is still limited, Maricopa County Public Health is conducting vaccine events every week in different communities, local pharmacies have appointments and there are the state-run vaccine sites.”

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