ARIZONA NEWS

Sen. Mark Kelly would like to see mask mandate for all of Arizona

Dec 7, 2020, 10:18 AM | Updated: 1:10 pm

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator-elect Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and his wife, former U.S. Rep Gabrielle Gifford...

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator-elect Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and his wife, former U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords walk into the U.S. Capitol for his swearing-in on Dec. 2, 2020, in Washington, DC. Kelly, 56, a former astronaut, defeated Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) last month. (Getty Image Photo/Tasos Katopodis)

(Getty Image Photo/Tasos Katopodis)

PHOENIX – Recently installed U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly said a statewide mask mandate would keep Arizona safer during a time when coronavirus cases are surging.

“We’ve got rising infection rates. I talked to the governor about a statewide mask mandate requiring them. We don’t have many things in our toolbox to slow the spread of the infection and that’s one of them,” Kelly told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Monday.

Gov. Doug Ducey has left masking policies up to local governments and they are in effect in 90% of the state, including the most populous region, Maricopa County.

Until Monday when Arizona health officials reported 1,567 new coronavirus cases, the state had endured four straight days of at least 5,000 reported cases.

“I understand that there’s an argument that mayors have imposed [mask edicts] but if it came from the governor, as well, there are folks that would listen who are not listening now,” Kelly said.

The Democratic freshman senator was sworn into office Dec. 2. He defeated Republican incumbent Martha McSally in a special election Nov. 3.

“It’s important that folks in the position of the governor need to listen to the epidemiologists and public health officials and then come up with a comprehensive plan that also includes the economic impact of this,” Kelly said.

“I would hate for us to wind up in the situation California is, where we have to start shutting down sectors of the economy,” he said.

California has imposed a temporary stay-at-home order as COVID-19 cases soared.

“We’ve got the holidays coming up. This is going to be a tough time for so many families if we wind up in this situation,” Kelly said.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Monsoon...

David Veenstra

Arizona gets $10.3M in federal funding to restore ecosystem

The U.S. Department of the Interior is investing $10.3 million to restore Arizona's lands and waters this year.

2 hours ago

(City of Glendale Photo)...

KTAR.com

Police search for suspect after 2 people were shot in Glendale

Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly shot two people in Glendale early Saturday.

4 hours ago

(Facebook Photo/Scottsdale Police Department)...

KTAR.com

4 people stabbed during early-morning melee at Scottsdale bar

A suspect is in custody after four people were stabbed early Saturday during a violent altercation at a bar in Scottsdale.

6 hours ago

Paella featuring lobster tail, jumbo prawns, diver scallops, mussels, chorizo, arborio rice, Englis...

David Veenstra

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale opens new restaurant Faro & Brag

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa opened its new restaurant, "Faro & Brag," in Scottsdale featuring modern cuisine and outdoor seating.

6 hours ago

View of midtown Phoenix. (Phoenix Business Journal Photo)...

Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

Phoenix seeks applicants to turn vacant land into mixed-use development

The city of Phoenix is seeking developers for several infill parcels it owns for new housing and commercial projects.

7 hours ago

Velvet Road is one of the four performances as part of Peoria's Music in March concert series. (Peo...

Arin Ducharme

Music in March concerts return to Peoria every Sunday

Music in March at Paloma Community Park returns to Peoria. The concerts will take place at Paloma Community Park near Lake Pleasant Parkway.

8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Avoid a potential emergency and get your home’s heating and furnace safety checked

With the weather getting colder throughout the Valley, the best time to make sure your heating is all up to date is now. 

Sen. Mark Kelly would like to see mask mandate for all of Arizona