Mayor Lord Issues Emergency Declaration to Require Face Coverings
Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord signed an emergency declaration today, June 20, 2020, which requires the wearing of face coverings in public. The declaration goes into effect at midnight, Sunday, June 21, 2020.
“It’s the right thing to do,” said Mayor Lord. “I have faith that everyone in our city will continue to be cautious and will take the steps necessary to help bring this pandemic to an end. If there’s one thing that makes Goodyear special – we always look out for each other.”
The Goodyear City Council met in an executive session meeting on June 19 for legal advice on the Governor’s recent executive order which allows cities to create their own policies on face coverings. After reviewing all available information, Mayor Lord felt it was important to issue the declaration. Here’s how it will impact all residents and visitors in Goodyear:
- Those of six years of age, or older, must wear a face covering when they leave their home if they are within six feet of another person who is not a member of their family or household
Individuals may choose not to wear a face covering under these circumstances:
- If they fall under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control for those who should not wear a face covering due to a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or are otherwise covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Children under six years of age
- Due to religious beliefs
- In schools or educational facilities
- While dining at a restaurant
- While exercising outdoors or while walking or exercising with other people from the same household, only if physical distancing of at least six feet from others who are not your family members can be maintained
- While playing organized group or team sports, exercise, swimming or other physical activities where you are not able to wear a face covering or physically distance
- While in settings where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, including visiting the dentist or getting a medical treatment
If anyone is found to be in violation of these rules, they will be educated first on the requirements of wearing face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 which will result in a warning. Those with valid exceptions to the rules will be given the opportunity to explain. Any second and subsequent violations may result in a civil penalty of not more than $50.
Additionally, businesses have the right to refuse service for those who choose not to comply if they don’t qualify for any valid exceptions in the declaration. The full declaration can be viewed here.
View the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by clicking HERE.
In addition to wearing face coverings, 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:
- 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.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is sick, and maintain distance from those outside of your home unless you’re wearing a face covering.
- Cover your cough and sneeze, and then wash your hands.