The cities of Kingman and Bullhead City are requiring residents to wear face masks in public. Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy has declined to issue any such orders in Havasu, the largest city by population in Mohave County.
Citing the local increase in coronavirus cases, Kingman Mayor Jen Miles announced the requirement on Tuesday morning. Her proclamation requires people in Kingman over 6 years old to wear a face covering at all local businesses starting Wednesday at 1 a.m. Her order is set to expire on Aug. 1.
“I know this action will be viewed by many with disdain and anger. I know others will welcome it as long overdue," Miles said in a news release. "I would ask that regardless of your position, please support the civil and social contract that binds us as members of our beloved city. Let us protect each other, care for each other, and do the simple behavior that is proven to help flatten the curve - wear a mask.”
In Bullhead City, Mayor Tom Brady announced a similar face mask requirement on Monday night.
Both cities announced that city staff will be asked to help enforce the requirement. Police will work to "educate the public" about the order and provide face coverings when possible. Upon complaint, officers will communicate with residents and businesses that aren't in compliance. The City of Kingman asked that residents avoid calling 911 to report violations.