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(From the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside’s Facebook page)

“Today, I am issuing a proclamation requiring the use of face coverings in the town limits of Pinetop-Lakeside. The intent of this action is not to be punitive, but rather to increase compliance with our request to have people wear them. Some businesses have already implemented a policy requiring face coverings, so this is just a natural extension of that practice and gives local businesses the right to require face coverings. We know this order will not result in 100 percent compliance, but if we increase the percentage of people using face coverings, it will have met its goal. We have many vulnerable people in our area and with the upcoming 4th of July weekend, we know we will have a large influx of visitors. I ask everyone to please do the right thing and wear a face covering for the protection of those we love and the people we come in close contact with on a daily basis.

Finally, it is important to understand that the use of face coverings is not a substitute for proper physical distancing. If you are out hiking, fishing, walking, or otherwise enjoying the outdoors, you are not required to wear a face-covering if you are following physical distancing recommendations. The requirement also does not apply to people driving their vehicles with members of their family. And, if you are out to eat, face coverings can be removed while you are enjoying your meal at your table.

I appreciate the support of the community in working together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Mayor Stephanie Irwin

Town of Pinetop-Lakeside”