Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community needs masks

SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY – The masks are now required for everyone ages two and up to wear in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) which includes attractions, restaurants and hotels in the Talking Stick Entertainment District – Arizona Boardwalk, Odysea Aquarium, Medieval Times, Talking Stick Resort – following the increase in COVID-19 cases.

The decree also applies to businesses and schools on SRPMIC land.

As a sovereign tribe, the SRPMIC governs itself and can promulgate its own rules, although it also follows the guidelines of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“From now on, all persons aged 2 years or over and within the Community are required to wear face coverings if they are outside their residence and are or will be in contact with others. people who are not part of their household, whether in a public place, businesses, restaurants, churches, schools, government facilities or any space offered to the public or intended for use by the public, ”states the order, called the “Tenth directive.”

“The purpose of these guidelines is to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19”, according to the order.

Under the ordinance, companies should “require that employees and all persons who frequent their businesses wear face coverings in public spaces if they are or will be in contact with other people.” Those who fail to do so would violate the order and could face a civil penalty, according to the order.

Exceptions include those who cannot wear a mask due to medical, mental or intellectual disability; those who are less than two years old; when you exercise outdoors with members of the same household; or to the dentist, to receive medical treatment or to swim, among other things.

Gaiters, bandanas or plastic shields are not considered suitable face coverings.

Outside of the SRPMIC, there is no mask mandate in Arizona and by law, local governments and schools cannot adopt their own mask mandates – which is being challenged with challenge by several school districts. of the valley.

“Arizona does not allow mask warrants, vaccine warrants, vaccine passports, or discrimination in schools based on who is or is not vaccinated. We have passed all of this into law, and that will not change, ”Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement on July 27, after the CDC recommended that people – both vaccinated and unvaccinated – resume wearing indoor masks as a result of the delta variant.

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