The Colorado River Indian Tribes has implemented a mandate requiring people to wear face masks in public places, the Town of Parker has rejected a similar measure and the County Board of Supervisors meets Monday to decide County policy.
CRIT’s requirement applies to the whole CRIT reservation, including popular stores and fast food outlets like Walmart, Safeway, McDonald’s, Subway and Taco Bell.
“Given the rapid increase in positive COVID-19 cases it is time to take these additional steps to slow this surge of COVID-19 cases on the reservation,” said a statement by the Tribes. “Individuals shall be required to wear a face mask over their nose and mouth, which does include cloth masks or coverings, while in a public setting.”
The CRIT order means that reservation business must enforce the wearing of face masks by all staff and customers. The only exception will be for children age 2 and younger, and those with developmental disabilities or other medical conditions that prevent the wearing of a mask.
All CRIT employees have been mandated to wear face masks while working since June 3rd. A “substantial supply” of masks have been obtained by the Tribes, according to the statement, which will allow CRIT to supply members of the Tribes with masks.
“In order to assist our members with complying with this mandate CRIT will be providing face masks to tribal members beginning the week of June 22nd. CRIT Departments and Enterprises are responsible to ensure they maintain adequate supplies of face masks for their staff, clients, and visitors through their own supply chains.”
The Town of Parker Council met Friday for a special meeting to discuss a similar measure. The Council voted to “strongly recommend” that people wear masks in public, but opted not to make it mandatory. Various council members spoke about it, citing the lack of enforceability by Parker Police Department, and suggesting that the measure would be an overreach.
The La Paz County Board of Supervisors will meet Monday with a similar measure on the agenda.
This article will update with any decisions of the Council and the County.