/ Modified sep 23, 2020 2:40 p.m.

Scottsdale mayor lifts mask mandate

Two Arizona health care providers oppose the move.

Scottsdale's mayor has lifted the city's mask mandate, prompting objections from two major health care groups and several city council members.

Mayor Jim Lane issued a proclamation Monday lifting the city-wide mask requirement, pointing to lower rates of infection and hospitalization from COVID-19. Nevertheless, masks are still required in most public places in Scottsdale under a Maricopa County order.

Banner Health and Honor Health, two of the largest health care providers in the state, issued statements opposing the move, and saying infection rates are lower because of widespread use of masks.

Three of Scottsdale's seven city council members also opposed the move.

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