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A mandatory mask mandate issued by Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane in June will remain in place indefinitely pending further review by the mayor’s office.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lane signed an emergency proclamation on June 18 requiring mask usage in public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained, including grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and bars, gyms, shops, special events and public transit.

The original order was set to expire on July 20 before Lane extended it through Aug. 20.

Last week, Lane told the Progress he was dropping the expiration date from the order.

“I plan on dropping a termination date, at this time, and continuing with the periodic review of the mandated mask requirement with the County and the State,” Lane said in a statement.

Lane told the Progress he will review the need for the mask requirement on a week-to-week basis.

“These steps were targeted to situations where person-to-person infection conditions were known to be high, and so they had an immediate effect on reversing the infection rate trend,” Lane said.

He added, “It has been successful in tamping down the spike in the infection rate, while keeping much of the business economy open in phase one. There is still work to be done as we prepare to move to phase two.”

Scottsdale was one of the first cities in the state to adopt a mandate in June after Governor Doug Ducey issued an order allowing them to put their own mask requirements in place.

Other Valley municipalities like Gilbert have since allowed their mandate’s to lapse in favor of a countywide mask mandate issued by Maricopa County in June.

While both the Maricopa County and Scottsdale mandates require individuals to wear masks in most public spaces, the orders differ in enforcement.

Violations of the county order carry a $50 fine.

Individuals who refuse to comply with the Scottsdale order can be charged with a misdemeanor, which can carry a fine of up to $2,500 and a sentence of up to six months in jail.