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Board of Supervisors votes not to extend mask mandates across Pima County

Requirement now ends Monday, Feb. 28
Posted at 12:29 PM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-15 16:44:03-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to not extend mask mandates Tuesday.

Board members made the decision in a 3-2 vote against Acting County Administrator Jan Lesher's recommendation of an additional month of mask mandates that would have extended the requirement through Monday, March 28.

Section 6. Effective date. This Resolution, as an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the peace, health or safety of Pima County, is effective upon adoption, and will remain in effect at least through February 28, 2022, pending case counts and hospitalization rates in our community and any further action by the Board.

Sharon Bronson, Rex Scott and Steve Christy voted against the measure.

On Friday, June 19, 2020, the Board put into place its first mask resolution.

Board members then passed Resolution 2021-87 on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, after voting to end the initial mask mandate just five months prior.

Lesher also recommended the Board of Supervisors approve an additional 80 hours of Pandemic Outbreak Leave II for full-time employees who have not had a chance to use them.

Lastly, Lesher suggested implementing an Alternative Work Schedule Administrative Procedure, which would require revising Merit System Rule 1.

The measure was meant to address work-life balance and employee satisfaction, reducing our carbon footprint, and improving work productivity and quality.