The mayors of Bullhead City and Kingman issued proclamations requiring the use of face coverings this week, but Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy is reluctant to follow suit.

A new wave of business closures has swept across Arizona after a mandate by Doug Ducey. With confirmed coronavirus cases on the rise, more communities including Kingman and Bullhead City are instituting measures to protect the public. As of Tuesday afternoon, Sheehy had not issued an order requiring masks for visitors and residents – but didn’t dismiss it as a future possibility.

“The situation is very fluid,” Sheehy said Tuesday. “It has been my stance from the beginning that people are strongly encouraged to physically distance themselves, or to wear masks if they can’t physically distance.”

As of this week, there were 74,553 confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona, with an average of about 2,857 new cases per day, according to Ducey. Arizona has been one of almost 30 states to see increases in coronavirus cases since last week.

With an abundance of weekend visitors from Nevada and California, the rising number of coronavirus cases could prove problematic not just for Havasu, but for Arizona’s neighboring states as well.

“It’s unfortunate that people seem split on the issue,” Sheehy said. “We know that people can slow the spread of the virus by wearing masks or face coverings. Over the past week, I’ve seen more residents wearing them. I’m thankful for those who are doing their part to slow the spread and thinking of their neighbors. I’m asking that all of our citizens wear a mask when they can’t socially distance.”

In Kingman and Bullhead City, municipal employees have been asked to help enforce the masking 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.

Sheehy is participating in a special “Coffee with the Mayor” session on Facebook Live on Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. City Manager Jess Knudson will also participate.

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Roco

"It has been my stance from the beginning that people are strongly encouraged to physically distance themselves, or to wear masks if they can’t physically distance.”

What does this statement really means?

BigBob

Beats me! Anyone have any idea what that word-salad is all about?

HavasuGuy

I just saw a posting online inviting Black Lives Matter protesters to the London Bridge Resort for a 4th of July party! This should be interesting!

JSJGSedona

His neglect, lack of attention, and directive to save our community will be remembered at election time. But what does that matter, he is ensuring his other interests and investments are being cared for at the moment. Hope all of the out of towners appreciate your hospitality Mr Mayor

Ninetoes

So sad we are stuck with a Mayor that cares so little for the people/city he was elected to serve. 250 positive confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City, including 13 deaths,and he refuses to step up to the plate and try to save this city. This will be remembered as his legacy,in this,his final time as Mayor of Lake Havasu City.

HavasuGuy

Those 13 deaths include the death of a child here in Lake Havasu...

Ripcord

Stupid

pegymo

Of course not, it would not serve the Mayors "best Interest". Folks we don't to be told to wear a mask, we're smart enough to figure it out on our own...I think?

Objective Dialectic

Pegymo, have you been to the grocery stores recently? It seems as if maybe 1 in 10 are wearing masks, if that. Unfortunately, I do not think the general population is smart enough in this case...

colbyme

Is the channel going to be closed to mooring and people setting up camp there? How is the city going to enforce social distancing this weekend at Rotary Park and Thompson Bay? NO MASKS REQUIRED with this crowd. Mayor think about your permanent full time residents.

shutthefrontdoor

Unfortunately "colbyme" the guy with that title of Mayor has been missing in action, but the resort manager now in charge is making all those COVID decisions until after the 4th of July festivities.

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