The City of Tucson has updated its mask wearing recommendations and requirements, as of July 28, 2021, to require all members of the public, including those who are fully vaccinated, to wear a mask in City of Tucson facilities. This goes into effect immediately. Masks will be available at the entrance of city facilities to those who do not have one. This action is specific to City facilities and does not apply to private businesses or establishments. Private businesses and establishments continue to have the ability to require mask wearing inside of their premises if they choose to.
This update is due to the change in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) guidance which was implemented in response to increasing rates of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths being caused by the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, which is more infectious and dominates the instances of new infections, hospitalizations, and deaths.
The new CDC guidance recommends:
- That fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission of the COVID-19 Virus (Pima County is an area of substantial transmission)
- That fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
- That fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and to wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- Universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
Masks continue to be required at hospitals, on planes and mass transit (including Sun Tran, Sun Link, and Sun Van), as well as where state and local laws require them to be worn. To learn more please follow the links below.