Not only is there no correlation with mask use and decreased covid transmission, but also the mental well being of the citizens should be taken into account. Children who are forced to wear masks are miserable and the mortality rate for children is miniscule. Masks should be strongly recommended and not required. Masks are a forced medical treatment and no one should be forced to take a particular medical treatment.
Please say yes and follow the science.
Thank you for amending the prior declaration regarding face coverings to follow May 13, 2021 CDC guidelines. If you go to worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/ and review numbers within each state for the last 14 months, there is ZERO correlation between "masked" and "unmasked" states, counties, cities, etc. We've been played long enough. Vaccines are working everywhere. Virus is still going to exist. Let's move on!
Yes, this stupidity needs to end and we need to align ourselves with so many other states and communities that are healthy and have removed these silly masks. Down with the masks!!!!!
Please do not resend the mask mandate for Phoenix. Doing so would leave Frontline workers in children behind. Stick with a little while longer and protect the vulnerable. We can't win the game if we keep spiking the ball at the 5-yard line. Thank you!
Please protect our children by continuing the mask mandate until more of our community is vaccinated. It isn't fair to our children for us to give up just because we are covered. Continue to protect our community.
While I understand the change to the CDC guidelines, I feel that we must still do our part as a city to protect those who have not been or are unable to be vaccinated. These people should not be disregarded simply because people are uncomfortable. The only way I would be in favor of changing the mask policy as it stands today, is if proof of vaccination were required for entry as an alternative to wearing a mask.
It's time - plenty of places have been fully open since March and continue to see decreases in cases. Look at Texas and Florida.
Only 37% of Arizona is fully vaccinated, children can not yet be vaccinated. So I ask that we continue to protect our vulnerable population and continue to require masks. In indoor areas that people congregate to during the heat, it is not fair to those that need protection to be at the mercy of anti-masking citizens that are not vaccinated. The CDC guidelines are for those vaccinated to unmask, unfortunately if we lift the requirement, it won't be just the vaccinated removing their masks.
While the CDC has issued updated guidance for vaccinated individuals, they have issued no additional guidance to businesses and government entities on verification or lack thereof. Lead with education and "trust in individuals to make the right choice" approaches for indoor environments, especially inside government buildings, seems premature and not in line with protecting the public without further CDC guidance or decisions based on measurable goalposts. Request to revisit at a later point.
YES. Please do modify the mandate to align with the advice provided through the CDC.