Updates to Sedonans

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May 27, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Dear fellow Sedonans,

Along with the many organizations and businesses starting to re-energize the local economy safely, the Chamber has reopened the Visitor Center in Uptown at 89A and Forest. We are working with a limited team and serving visitors at the door to help keep everyone safe. We have also implemented Sedona|Safe.Clean.Ready practices (see below), checking employee temperatures, implementing 6 foot distance, wearing masks and cleaning more frequently.

The Sedona|Clean.Safe.Ready campaign, in which businesses voluntarily implement a list of safety recommendations is growing. More than 220 businesses have signed up. These recommendations and the businesses that are practicing them are listed on the website SedonaSafeCleanReady.com.

Your participation is critically important to making the campaign a success and keeping Sedona a safe place.

These eight safety practices for locals and visitors are a big part of the Sedona|Safe.Clean.Ready campaign:

  1. Stay home if you are sick or have been in contact with a sick person
  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  4. Maintain a 6-foot distance from others
  5. Wear a protective face covering in public (when 6 ft distancing isn’t possible)
  6. Limit contact with others
  7. Avoid congregating in public areas
  8. Stay on trails except to let people pass (maintain 6 ft distance)

Please continue to use your judgment as to what you feel safe and comfortable doing as businesses reopen. The Memorial Day weekend brought many visitors and locals out. Some people are not practicing social distance or wearing masks, so it is up to us to protect ourselves.

We can expect more COVID-19 cases to occur. But with businesses committed to the safest possible practices, good public policy and prudent individual judgment, we can continue to avoid overwhelming our health care providers.

Slowing the spread has also brought economic calamity. Thousands of Sedonans have lost their jobs and tax collections have declined by millions. As businesses emerge from shutdown, it is critical we support our local merchants and workers. The Chamber is working with the City and the Sedona Tourism Economic Recovery Taskforce to advance a phased plan calling for gradual economic growth in the next fiscal year. Read more about that here.

Sedona is also working with the Governor’s task force on restarting the statewide tourism economy, which anticipates a 12 to 18-month recovery period.

We believe the Verde Valley letter, signed by the Mayors of Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome and Sedona, Yavapai County Supervisors Randy Garrison and Tom Thurman and the Cottonwood, Jerome and Sedona Chambers of Commerce is correct in stating that top priority goes to “keeping public health as the focal point while balancing the needs of the business community and our local workforce.” The initial steps toward reopening honor this commitment to safety first.

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce has formed a Tourism Economic Recovery Task Force representing a range of Sedona businesses to guide the Chamber’s recovery strategy and to serve as a resource for City of Sedona and Verde Valley leaders.

There is cause for optimism. Top market research firm Destination Analysts (DA) believes travelers’ choices will trend away from large, dense cities and towards “off-the-beaten-path communities, experiences and adventure activities,” that favor smaller, nature-oriented destinations such as Sedona. 

Check in regularly and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Chamber actions as we battle the pandemic together #SedonaStrong

Jennifer Wesselhoff

Additional Resources:

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

Northern Arizona Healthcare COVID-19 tracking dashboard

Here you will find the Sedona Emergency Community Resource Directory.