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Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls has clarified his no vote on a city proclamation that requires people within city limits to wear a face mask in public to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

The Yuma City Council approved an emergency proclamation requiring the use of face masks outdoors to help mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mayor Doug Nicholls and Councilmember Chris Morris voted against the measure.   


Yuma County

After action Wednesday by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey giving local governments the power to determine if masks must be worn, the Yuma County Board of Supervisors Thursday issued a proclamation requiring them to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the county. 




San Luis appears to be the first city in Arizona to make wearing face masks in public required. It was soon followed by Somerton.

Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

By Howard Fischer

Capitol Media Services

PHOENIX -- Arizona cities and counties are getting the power to require people there to wear masks.

The permission from Gov. Doug Ducey comes less than a week after he specifically rejected the concept of local control on issues of public health. He argued the state needs a standard and uniform policy -- and, in this case, one that does not require masks.