Updates to Sedonans

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April 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Dear fellow Sedonans,

Governor Ducey’s Executive Order emphasizing enhanced physical distance and encouraging Arizonans to stay at home is in effect until April 30.  The Governor has issued a number of Executive Orders since then, many of them affecting Sedona civic and business life.  You can see all the Governor’s Executive Orders related to Covid-19 here: https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders

The USFS recently closed several high use trail areas in and around Sedona. The Coconino National Forest has posted the status of popular local recreation sites

The Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau supports these actions. We have heard it suggested that communities face the choice between a healthy population and a healthy economy. Rest assured that when faced with such a choice, we will choose a healthy population every single time. Because without a healthy population, a healthy economy is a complete fantasy.

We have not actively promoted Sedona since February.  Since March 30, we are advising travelers to postpone any plans to visit Sedona.  You can read our communications with visitors on our Travel Advisory page.  We are updating it regularly.

Here are a few of the following services that are considered essential that may continue operations:

> Grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, and other similar businesses and establishments that offer food and beverage that is not for on-premises consumption.
> Pharmacies and drug stores.
> Food banks and food pantries.
> Banks and financial institutions.
> Hotels and motels, to the extent used for lodging, including RV Parks.

Here is a “Status of Businesses” list that will help you see who is open and who is not.

Here you will find a list of restaurants offering take out, drive up, delivery.

We are adding to these lists as we get information from local businesses. Please encourage your favorite businesses to contact us to be included.  Businesses do not need to be Chamber partners to be included. Soon we will be providing a special page with links to businesses offering online sales.

We have closed the Visitor Center at Forest and 89A.  Visitor Center services are available by phone, email, and Live Chat on VisitSedona.com. Hours of operation will not change. Our offices at 45 Sunset Drive are closed and employees are working from home.

We are helping businesses weather the storm.  We are linking to business-related information regarding the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, providing help with SBA emergency loan information, unemployment assistance resources, business emergency response plans and advisories on best practices for keeping employees and customers safe.  To see what we are saying to the business community, visit our COVID 19 BUSINESS BULLETIN page.  It is regularly updated, too.

We are committed to communicating with you. This page will have the most accurate account of what the Chamber is doing to help manage this crisis.  Please let me know if you have any questions or hear anything that doesn’t sound quite right.

In the meantime, Governor Ducey has opened a 211 phone hotline and the website 211Arizona.org to answer questions or concerns about COVID-19 and Northern Arizona Healthcare has created a tracking dashboard on their website. It is updated as information changes.

Like you, we are washing our hands regularly, disinfecting surfaces, practicing social avoidance and watching out for each other, which is something Sedonans have always been good at.

Keep up the good work.  Let’s stand together, help each other and stay safe and positive.

Jennifer Wesselhoff

Additional Resources:

Help keep #SEDONASTRONG – Here’s How You Can Help

Here you will find the Sedona Emergency Community Resource Directory.