Board of Supervisors Resolution 2020-96


Resolution 2020-96


The Board of Supervisors of Pima County, Arizona finds:

1. On March 19, 2020, Pima County adopted Resolution 2020-18, declaring a state of emergency related to the Covid-19 outbreak. That state of emergency remains in effect.

2. The Covid-19 pandemic is the worst public-health crisis the United States has faced in a century. It has caused over 273,000 confirmed deaths in the United States and infected over 13.9 million people, though the actual numbers of deaths and infections are very likely higher. Many of those who survive Covid-19 will do so only after experiencing serious illness and lengthy hospitalization.

3. On June 19, 2020, the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2020-49, requiring all persons in Pima County who are not exempt under that Resolution to wear compliant face coverings while in public and unable to easily and continuously physically distance from others. The Board hereby readopts and incorporates by reference the findings in Resolution 2020-49, as updated by those in this Resolution.

4. Section 5 of Resolution 2020-49 requires that the Board give express authorization before any civil or criminal enforcement of its requirements can be taken.

5. Arizona is again experiencing alarming community spread of Covid-19 and decreased availability of necessary healthcare resources, including hospital and intensive-care beds.

6. As part of the effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, more stringent enforcement of face-covering requirements is necessary.

7. Pima County, through both the Board of Supervisors and its Health Department, has broad authority to take action to protect the public health and safety of all Pima County's inhabitants, see A.R.S. § 11-251 (17); A.R.S. Title 36, Chapter 1, Article 4; Marsoner v. Pima County, 166 Ariz. 486 (1991), including authority to adopt and enforce "regulations necessary for the public health and safety of the inhabitants,"

A.RS.§ 36-183.02.

8. For purposes of clarity, the Board desires to readopt and restate the provisions of Resolution 2020-49, with amendments to Sections 3 and 5 and other clarifying amendments in Section 1 (b).


Section 1. Face coverings required. Every person must wear a face covering that completely and snugly covers the person's nose and mouth when the person is in a public place and cannot easily maintain a continuous distance of at least six feet from all other persons. For purposes of this Resolution:
a. "Face covering" does not include any mask that incorporates a one-way valve (typically a raised plastic cylinder about the size of a quarter on the front or side of the mask) that is designed to facilitate easy exhaling.
b. "Public place" means any place, indoor or outdoor, that is open to the public or a segment of the public and includes, but is not limited to, businesses or other establishments where people assemble or members of the general public may
enter; schools; offices; public buildings, highways, and parks; and public transportation, including taxicabs and ride sharing.

Section 2. Exempt persons. Section 1 of this Resolution does not apply to:

a. Children under the age of 5. Parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring that children between the ages of 5 and 17 wear appropriate face coverings when required under this Resolution.
b. Persons who cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering. A person is not required to provide documentation demonstrating that the person cannot medically tolerate wearing a face covering.
c. Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. 
d. Persons, including on-duty law-enforcement officers, for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
e. Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose, face, or head for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
f. Persons who are eating or drinking at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, so long as the person is able to maintain a distance of 6 feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or party as the person.
g. Any member of a group of persons who are in a public place together and live in the same household or are part of a party of 10 or less, so long as the group can easily maintain a continuous physical distance of at least 6 feet from all other persons not part of the household or party.
h. Persons who are engaged in outdoor work, recreation, or exercise, when alone or as part of a group of people who live in the same household or constitute a party of 10 or less, so long as they are able to easily maintain a continuous physical distance of at least 6 feet from all other persons not part of the same household or party.
i. Persons who are incarcerated.
j. Persons who are swimming.
k. For any activity not listed for exemption, an exemption may be granted on a caseby-case basis from the Pima County Chief Medical Officer and the Director of the Pima County Health Department. General descriptions of exemptions granted will be posted on a website accessible via, without identifying who requested the exemption.

Section 3. Establishments. Establishments that are open to the public must provide face coverings to their employees and require them to wear them. Additionally, establishments 
that are open to the public and in which continuous physical distancing of at least six feet between persons cannot be easily maintained must refuse to allow a person who is not exempt under Section 2 and who is not wearing a face covering to enter the establishment and must request that a person inside the establishment leave if the person is not exempt under Section 2 and is not wearing a face covering.

Section 4. Complaints and investigations. Pima County will provide a public website available via through which any person may file a written complaint alleging noncompliance with this Resolution at any establishment that is open to the public. The website will allow the submission of photographs, and, when possible, photographs depicting violations should be provided. The Pima County Health Department will investigate complaints and take enforcement action where appropriate. Pima County will post copies of the complaints and associated documentation, including photographs, on the website.

Section 5. Compliance and enforcement.

a. A violation of Section 1 of this Resolution is a civil infraction that carries a penalty of $50 per infraction.
b. A violation of Section 3 of this Resolution by an establishment is a civil infraction that carries a penalty of $500 per infraction. In addition, if the Pima County Health Department investigates and finds noncompliance at an establishment, it may recommend to any governing body that issues a permit or license to that establishment, including when applicable the Arizona State Liquor Board, that the permit or license be suspended.
c. Nothing in this Resolution limits or precludes any other means of enforcement authorized by law.

Section 6. Applicability. This Resolution applies throughout Pima County, including within incorporated areas.

Section 7. Effective date. This Resolution is effective upon adoption. 

Section 8. Repeal of Resolution 2020-49. This Resolution supersedes Resolution 2020-49, which is repealed upon the adoption of this Resolution, except that any investigation or enforcement taken under Resolution 2020-49 may continue until it has concluded, and any prior violations of Resolution 2020-49 may be considered prior noncompliance for purposes of investigations and enforcement under this Resolution.

PASSED AND ADOPTED this 4th day of December, 2020. 

Passed and Adopted, December 4, 2020 Signed, Ramon Valadez
Chairman, Pima County Board of Supervisors


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