PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he will allow local government to craft their own policies for face make requirements during a COVID-19 briefing Wednesday afternoon.
He held the briefing at 3 p.m. at the Arizona Commerce Authority Conference Center in Phoenix.
During the convenience, the governor said the decision to allow local governments to craft their own face mask requirements came after receiving a letter from community leaders about mandating face masks and face covering.
Ducey said it will also be up to the mayors to determine how to enforce a potential mandate.
Prior to this announcement, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero announced that she is working with the City Attorney to amend the local emergency proclamation to require the use of face masks in public.
After hearing the news of Ducey's "Mask Up Arizona" directive, Romero took to Twitter to announce that she will sign the emergency proclamation on Thursday, mandating the use of face masks and coverings in city limits.
Over Pima County, officials announced the Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Friday to discuss possibly mandating the use of face masks in public.
That meeting is set to begin at 3 p.m.
During the conference, the governor also said he will be requesting assistance from the National Guard to aid with the state's with contact tracing.
The conference comes after the state has been reporting a record number of COVID-19 cases.
Arizona logged 2,392 new cases on Tuesday and 1,827 on Wednesday. Confirmed cases went up to 40,924. The death toll is 1,239.
On Tuesday, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero asked Ducey to take further action to stop the spread of the virus.
This is a developing story.