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Goodyear City Council to Discuss Face Coverings

Post Date:06/18/2020 4:20 PM

news-release 

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On June 17, Governor Doug Ducey urged all Arizonans to wear face coverings when out in public. The Governor also released a new Executive Order that allows cities, counties and towns to adopt their own policies regarding the wearing of face coverings in public. In response, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord has called an executive session of the full council for legal advice on this new Executive Order to take place, Friday June 19 at 6 p.m.  Due to the pandemic, the meeting is closed to the public in addition to all future public meetings until further notice. If residents would like to share their opinions on face coverings with the council, they can do so by emailing gycouncil@goodyearaz.gov.

While the city considers the options under the Executive Order, the city of Goodyear strongly encourages all residents and visitors to wear face coverings when out in public and when at least six feet of distancing cannot be achieved. Public health experts with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) indicate that use of masks when in close proximity to others can help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“I know these have been challenging times for so many people, especially those who are fighting the virus. Some of them are people who I know personally,” said Mayor Georgia Lord. “We all want life to return to normal and we must do our part to protect ourselves and others. I would hope that everyone would recognize the importance of bearing personal responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

The Governor’s order also provides new requirements for businesses and restaurants statewide, including:

  • Maintaining 6 feet of distancing between people
  • Face Coverings: At restaurants, providing employees with face coverings and requiring their usage; at businesses, requiring face coverings for employees when physical distancing is not possible
  • Conducting symptom checks for all employees before shifts
  • Requiring sick employees to stay home
  • Increasing the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting

While face coverings are not mandatory in Arizona, businesses may choose to require patrons to wear them. You can read more about the Governor’s Executive Order here.

Goodyear continues to emphasize the importance of good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus, even if you don’t have any symptoms.

Those include:

1. Washing your hands frequently, and for 20 seconds, with soap and water. Antibacterial gel is a good alternative when you’re not able to wash your hands.

2. Avoid contact with anyone who is sick, and maintain distance from those outside of your home unless you’re wearing a face covering.

3. Cover your cough and sneeze, and then wash your hands.

 

For additional health guidance on how to protect yourself and others, visit the CDC’s website.