Rivera says mask rule would be unenforceable

Former Thatcher Mayor Bob Rivera, during an appearance on Voice of the Valley. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

THATCHER — Every local government in Graham County has now adopted a resolution strongly urging residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines when it comes to slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Those recommendations include washing hands frequently, maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet apart and staying home when not feeling well.

The resolution also includes the recommendation to wear a face covering when out in the public.

During an appearance on Voice of the Valley, Thatcher Mayor Bob Rivera explained why resolution does not mandate wearing of masks.

“We decided that if we mandate it, we don’t have the personnel to police it, simple as that. We are a small community,” Rivera said. “We are urging people to please follow those three: wash your hands, distance and wearing a mask. This is temporary folks, it’s very temporary. It’s going to go away, God willing, within months. And hopefully next year, at this time, we are free to do as we please. It’s just that we need to be disciplined; discipline and patience.”

The resolution has been adopted by Thatcher, Safford, Pima and Graham County.