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Council to meet Friday to discuss and address public mask policy

The Yuma City Council will hold a special meeting on Friday to determine whether Yuma residents must wear a face covering in public whenever social distancing cannot be maintained under CDC guidelines.

The issue will be discussed by the Yuma City Council at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls called the Special City Council meeting on Thursday, June 18, following Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s announcement to allow mayors to set their own policies regarding COVID-19 safety measures. Previously, all mandates regarding COVID-19 safety policies were part of the Governor’s executive order(s) rather than a decision made by cities and towns.

“I believe this decision to potentially mandate masks is of monumental importance, and requires the advice and wisdom of the entire City Council,” said Mayor Nicholls. “The City Council encourages all Yuma residents to email their opinion and have their voice heard prior to the meeting.”

Residents wanting to view the meeting in real time may do so on cable television channel 73 or online, by clicking on the Yuma Live Stream 73 video link on the City’s website, or directly by visiting  The City Council Chambers is closed to the public.

Consistent with the Attorney General's opinion, the Special City Council meeting will be held remotely. Public comments are encouraged and will be accepted via email at until 1 p.m. on June 19. A summary of the comments will be provided to the Yuma City Council.

Please note that comments will be accepted via email only at until 1 p.m. (PST) on Friday, June 19. It is advisable to include your name and contact information in your email as well as a clear statement of your position on the issue.