Will masks be required in child care centers and homes?
Arizonans are doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19, and this includes wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible. It is advised that child care providers consult with their local city or county ordinance for specific requirements for children. View Local County Health Department information.
Additional guidance is provided on the ADHS website including an FAQ: Face Covering Guidelines in Child Care Settings.
As of July 6, 2020, the following counties have provided DES and DHS with additional information on guidance for young children:
Maricopa County: Per Maricopa County Order dated June 26, 2020, Section II, subsection A,ii, "... all persons in Maricopa County who do not qualify for an exemption described in Section III of these regulations must wear a Face Covering under the following circumstances: … (ii) All patrons age six and over are required to wear Face Coverings while inside the enclosed area of any Place of Public Accommodation."
Pima County: "Section 1 of this Resolution does not apply to: a. Children under the age of 5. Parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring that children between the ages of 5 and 17 wear appropriate face coverings when required under this Resolution."