Amid rising COVID-19 infections across the state, the city of Peoria is now requiring everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear face masks inside city buildings. These requirements went into effect on July 29 and apply to visitors and employees.
City staff said they are doing so because Maricopa County is considered one of the “areas of higher transmission.” They said they will continue to monitor the situation and make any changes to their guidelines as necessary.
Peoria City Manager Jeff Tyne said staff is prioritizing the health of its citizens and will continue to do so.
“The health and well-being of our residents and employees is a priority,” Tyne said. “The city of Peoria took action at our facilities in an abundance of caution. We regret the inconvenience to our residents and customers and will be closely monitoring advice from various public health agencies to ensure that such protocols do not persist beyond what is necessary. Throughout the pandemic, the city has consistently followed guidance provided by the CDC.”
Several other cities, including Tempe and Phoenix, are requiring face masks inside city buildings, too.
These new requirements come after the CDC released new guidance for those who are fully vaccinated, following a new surge in cases fueled by the Delta variant of COVID-19.
“To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission,” the CDC advised fully vaccinated people.
According to the CDC, most of Arizona, including Maricopa County, has a high or substantial “level of community transmission.” High transmission is defined as having 100 or more new cases per 100,000 residents per week. Substantial transmission occurs when there are between 50 and 99.99 cases per 100,000 residents.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has been reporting increases in COVID-19 infections across the state. Arizona has also seen an increase in the percent of tests that come back positive.
As of July 30, ADHS has reported 925,169 COVID-19 cases and 18,224 deaths. Although the number of newly administered vaccine doses has decreased across Arizona, they are still being distributed. As of July 30, 6,812,822 doses have been administered across the state and 52% of Arizonans are vaccinated, according to ADHS data.
For more information relating to Peoria’s COVID-19 resources, testing, or vaccination sites, visit peoriaaz.gov/covid19.