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Old 12-16-2020, 06:29 PM
Location: San Diego
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I don't which Arizona city forum that Lake Havasu would fall under so I'm posting this in the general Arizona forum.

We're thinking of planning a short get-away to Lake Havasu immediately after Christmas to before New Year's. For the Lake Havasu locals, are you required to wear masks in:
  • Restaurants?
  • Stores?
  • Outside / parks / trails?
  • Approximately, what % of the locals wear masks?

We're hoping the answers are no to these answers as we would like normalcy. Last summer we visited Phoenix, everything was normal compared to California.

Thanks for the information.
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Old 12-18-2020, 05:37 AM
Location: Inside the 101
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I have no personal experience, but here's what I can tell you based on (social) media coverage:

Lake Havasu City had a mask mandate that expired in September. Mohave County has no mask mandate. Nevertheless, state regulations require mask wearing in certain regulated establishments such as restaurants. In addition, many national chain retailers have policies requiring mask wearing, regardless of local laws. That said, enforcement probably depends a lot on local conditions and the attitude of the business owners or managers.

Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father to COVID-19 and who has become a critic of the federal and state responses to the pandemic, recently tweeted about encountering unmasked crowds in Oatman, a rural town in Mohave County:


Someone tweeted back about minimal mask wearing in Lake Havasu City:


From their point of view, this was horrifying, but it might be what you are looking for.

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Old 12-18-2020, 07:44 AM
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In Lake Havasu.. the larger grocery and hardware stores will have a very high percent of people wearing masks. Signs at the door saying to wear a mask and almost every one does. Its mostly a handful of small business where mask are not worn. Outdoor swap meet last week, about 50 percent of people wearing masks. Indoor restaurants.. cant tell you as I have not been in any but you cant eat with a mask on. There are plenty of options for outdoor eating here.

I would overall say the percent wearing mask is fairly high here, likely because about now everyone knows someone who at least got significantly sick. And this time of year, lots of older retired folks here with higher risk for worse outcome. Young folks here are much less likely to wear masks.

If the OP (maybe coming from a place with high infection levels) wants to get infected by going somewhere and not wearing a mask, I think you could find a couple "freedom" restaurant's here where you can exchange virus to your hearts content. You have a higher chance of getting the virus yourself by being careless around careless people.

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Old 12-19-2020, 07:53 AM
Location: northern New England
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Old Today, 04:43 PM
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I am great full this thread remains open. I am surprised it’s very difficult to find any info on Lake Havasu city on city-data.com

Ie I was asking whether it’s a good place to spend winters or live. Maybe aside from the summer heat. I heard the population seem to grow 40% mid fall and shrink as much as 40% by mid May after the spring break season ends. Also whether it’s necessary to get a wilderness permit to explore wilderness places like Body Beach. I seem to see signs that suggest this.

The times I am in Lake Havasu city I noticed the people are far more relaxed in terms of Mask wearing compared to the California side of the border, though keep a mask handy for exceptions though. Especially for those incidental trips to California including to the casino on the ferry in which they do take temperatures in addition to making sure masks are on. Apparently i noticed many stores don’t seem to care too much whether people comply with their mask policies compared with their counterparts in California. Beaware that some Independent store owners might not wear masks at all if you are concerned about unmasked people particularly indoors.
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