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The city of Peoria’s fourth proclamation requiring facial coverings in public settings is no longer effective in light of Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order 2021-06, according to Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat.

The existing mitigation policies inside city facilities and at city-sponsored events and programs remain in place. Going forward, these policies may vary from facility to facility and will be evaluated and updated weekly with a phased reopening approach.

The COVID-19 metrics show progress for Peoria, which is among the lowest in the Valley for percent positive testing results and new cases per 100,000 residents. 

These numbers place Peoria in the moderate category of community transmission. In terms of vaccine distribution, Peoria residents are ahead as well. While 14% of Arizona and 13% of the U.S. population are fully vaccinated, 20.7% of Peoria residents have received their full doses of vaccine. Among other factors, these metrics are central to Peoria’s approach to balancing the safety and health of Peoria residents with the needs of individuals and businesses to return to pre-pandemic levels of activity.

“This reduction in cases is a testament to how hard Peoria residents have worked to keep each other safe and healthy during this pandemic,” Carlat said. “Because of our diligence, we have also been able to support our local business community so they could continue to serve residents.”

The city will continue to monitor trending COVID-19 data, mitigating and adjusting programs and services where necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health still recommend individuals wear facial coverings when physical distancing is not possible.