Updates to Sedonans

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July 2, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Dear fellow Sedonans,

June 29, Governor Ducey signed an Executive Order to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals. The order took effect June 29 and is in effect for one month.

In addition, Governor Ducey announced, in coordination with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, the first day of school for in-person learning will be delayed until August 17, 2020. Schools will be able to conduct distance learning before then should they choose.

The Governor also announced a new grant program for long-term care facilities. Through the program, facilities will receive $10,000 for the purchase of electronic devices to facilitate video conferencing with residents and their families.

The Executive Order follows recent actions to boost diagnostic testing, including expanding rapid testing capability; amplify contact tracing; fund additional PPE and face masks for long-term care settings; and enhance guidance for establishments to limit congregating and enforce mitigation policies.

Prohibiting mass gatherings statewide

Effective June 29, 2020, even if appropriate physical distancing is possible, organized events of more than 50 people are prohibited. The Executive Order enables local governing jurisdictions, such as the city, town or county, to approve events on the condition of meeting certain safety precautions, such as physical distancing.

Pausing certain business operations

Effective at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, the following establishments shall pause operations until July 27, 2020:

  • Bars with a series 6 or 7 liquor license from the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (these entities may provide take-out and curbside service); 
  • Indoor gyms and fitness clubs or centers;
  • Indoor movie theaters;
  • Water parks;
  • Tubing operators.

Unless extended, the pause remains in effect until July 27, 2020, after which businesses seeking to resume operations must demonstrate compliance with public health guidance as determined by the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

 Suspending special event licenses

Under the Executive Order, the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control shall cease issuing special event licenses for the period between June 29, 2020 and July 27, 2020.

Delaying first day of school

Governor Ducey today signed an Executive Order delaying  the first day of school for in-person learning until August 17, 2020. Schools will be able to conduct distance learning should they choose before then. 

The announcement follows an announcement last week of a $270 million plan to help Arizona public schools safely restart, while allowing for remote learning, addressing the achievement gap and bridging the digital divide.

 View the Executive Order pausing some business operations HERE

 View the Executive Order protecting public health for students and teachers HERE

.Northern Arizona Healthcare has a tracking dashboard regarding regional cases.

Visitor Center Re-opened, Also Offering Services Virtually

The Visitor Center at 331 Forest Drive is open. The Visitor Center is also operating virtually through email, phone and live chat. 

Mayor Issues Mandatory Face Covering Proclamation

By order of proclamation by Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty, anyone five years of age or older in a public place in Sedona is required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible.  

All businesses whose employees interact with the public must require employees to wear face coverings.

There are several exemptions to the requirement as well as definitions of face coverings, public places (indoor and outdoor spaces) and physical distancing.

Enforcement will consist first of education and guidance and an opportunity to come into compliance.  Continued failure to comply with provisions of an emergency proclamation is a Class 1 misdemeanor under Arizona law.

You can review the proclamation here. For more information, read this FAQ.   

If you have questions, email questions@sedonaaz.gov

June 17, Governor Ducey emphasized the critical importance of face-coverings, physically distancing, frequent hand washing and staying home when sick. These steps are the biggest difference-makers in reversing the uptick of positive cases.

The June 17 order also states that businesses must have enact the following health measures in place: 

  • Physically distancing of 6 feet.
  • Providing employees with face coverings and requiring usage.
  • Conducting symptom checks for all employees before shifts.
  • Requiring sick employees to stay home.
  • Increasing the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting.

Read the full guidance for all businesses here. Read the specific guidance for restaurants and bars providing dine-in services here.

Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready Continues Educating Residents, Visitors, Aiding Businesses 

260 businesses are signed on to the Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready campaign as we continue to urge all residents, visitors and businesses to interact safely. You can view all of the participating businesses and safety tips here.  Look for the Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready window stickers and posters at businesses all over town. Please continue to use your judgment as to what you feel safe and comfortable doing as businesses reopen. 

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

  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)

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.