The town of Oro Valley is standing behind the Pima County resolution requiring the use of face masks in public places.
Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield issued an amendment Thursday to the town's emergency proclamation on the coronavirus. The amendment formally adopts the Pima County Board of Supervisors resolution that requires face masks on everyone age 5 and older in public places where social distancing is not possible.
In the Pima County resolution, enforcement of the new rule falls to the county's health department and not law enforcement, focusing mostly on education on the issue of masks. The resolution also has a number of exceptions to mask requirements.
“In an effort to provide clear and consistent messaging, I am issuing an amendment to the Town’s Emergency Proclamation to support this measure here in Oro Valley,” Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield said in a news release Thursday. “I encourage Oro Valley residents to remember why it’s necessary to wear a mask. We’re doing this as a community to see a reduction in the spread of COVID-19, to protect our vulnerable populations, and to keep our businesses open. I encourage everyone to heed this guidance from Pima County health officials and mask up."