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Yuma Mayor Rescinds Face Covering Directive in Public Spaces

Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls rescinded an amendment to the city’s Emergency Proclamation regarding the wearing of face coverings in public spaces. This action results from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s Executive Order issued Thursday. 

Mayor Nicholls said Arizona and the Yuma community have met several important public health benchmarks related to COVID-19 and the new Executive Order updates several of the state’s COVID-19 measures. 


State officials said to date, more than 3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to about 1.9 million individuals in Arizona, including more than 1.1 million who have been fully vaccinated. COVID-19 cases have been declining throughout the state for the past 10 weeks and hospitalizations are at the lowest since the end of September. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks Arizona among the best states in the nation for providing the most vulnerable communities access to COVID-19 vaccinations. 


Nicholls said Yuma County’s COVID-19 positivity rate is currently under five percent and the spread of COVID-19 in the county has been reduced to moderate. More than 82,000 COVID-19 doses have been administered in Yuma County; 24 percent of Yuma County residents have been vaccinated per the Arizona Department of Health Services. 


Starting April 5, Yuma city buildings will be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and closed every other Friday.  Visitors to city buildings will continue to be asked to wear face coverings and social distance. 

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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