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Flagstaff City Council Pushes Back On Gov. Ducey's Mask Rules

Flagstaff City Council released a statement Friday objecting to Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent executive order and stating that the city does not plan to remove its current COVID-19 policies.

The order bars local governments from enforcing these mask mandates and other safety protocols.

The statement claims the recent removal of safety requirements is not in the best interest of public health and further erodes home rule.

While the Flagstaff council knows it cannot enforce COVID-19 safety policies under the executive order, it has no plans to lift the mandates until they “look further into this matter.”

The mask-wearing and social distancing proclamations will remain in place until the council can further analyze the impacts of the executive order on the city.

The statement also reminds local business owners that they are allowed and encouraged to continue to require masks to enter their establishments.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.