Sonora will eliminate COVID-19 mask mandate

Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 4:38pm
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A mask mandate implemented in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is set to be lifted.

In November 2020, Sonoran leaders approved a law establishing the obligatory use of face masks in all public spaces — both indoors and out — as a coronavirus mitigation measure.

But Gov. Alfonso Durazo said Tuesday that his government is now working to overturn that law after the state’s health council decided that the mandate is no longer necessary since the vast majority of adults are now vaccinated and reported COVID cases are low.

Durazo said a process to wipe the law off the books started this week, and by next Tuesday, face coverings will no longer be required in the state.

However, the state health secretary said masks are still recommended indoors, in crowded spaces and for people who have certain health conditions or who have not been vaccinated.

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