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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Statement on Masks

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An updated statement from Mayor Jeff Serdy on masks:

"By now most know that almost all Valley cities have imposed mandates regarding wearing cloth face masks while in public or in businesses and institutions. Apache Junction did not enact this policy, however individual stores and facilities may put in place their own PPE policies.

There is one lingering issue that is now starting to occur because of this situation and that is regarding those with health issues that prevent these individuals from safely wearing masks. That would include very young children, those with breathing difficulties (asthma, emphysema, COPD, etc.) and those with emotional/mental conditions that would be exacerbated by being constricted in a mask.

Because of these exceptions, those that fall into those categories cannot be forced to mask up. This is backed up by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and every city that did these proclamations added wording protecting those who cannot wear a mask.

As mayor I ask every public business or institution to familiarize themselves with these exceptions so that our citizens not be inconvenienced or embarrassed while trying to go about their daily necessary routines."

Here is the mayor’s initial statement after the Governor’s announcement on June 17 giving localities flexibility in addressing how communities address the use of masks:

“I’ve stated this is up to the individual. If you feel you’re at risk, stay home. I also hope that folks don’t get upset at businesses that require PPEs, as that is their right also. People need to take responsibility for their own lives. I think it’s sad that some put their safety in the hands of a mayor, councilmember or governor. We must learn to live in the modern world on our own eventually. There are always going to be risks and illnesses out there and we’ll get through it. Also, everyone is essential and every job is essential to providing for a household. I recommend that you keep a mask on hand, in your vehicle or office in case you visit a business or other facility where they are required."

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