Updates to Sedonans

Mountain panorama in Sedona, Arizona

December 4, 2020

Dear fellow Sedonans,

Governor Ducey made several announcements December 2 affecting our community and local businesses.  

Vaccine Distribution

Arizona is expecting an initial shipment of COVID-19 vaccine doses in mid to late December, with more doses available in the weeks following. The state will distribute the vaccine promptly, prioritizing health care workers, residents of long term care facilities, educators and vulnerable populations. ADHS Director Dr. Christ will provide additional details soon. 

Support For Restaurants

The Governor issued an Executive Order making it easier for restaurants to expand outdoor dining spaces with the approval from the local governing body.  Arizona is providing an initial $1 million to help restaurants and other dining establishments expand outdoor dining options, further protecting patrons and staff and making more space for customers. The City of Sedona welcomes all businesses who want to discuss options, on a case by case basis, to extend your premises pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order. Please visit the Community Development Department at City Hall or call (928) 282-1154.

The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) is providing $100,000 to the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) to expand its AZSAFE+CLEAN Certification program, helping restaurants and hotels strengthen sanitation and mitigation practices to further protect patrons and staff.

Mitigation Requirements For Events

The Governor also announced that organized public events of more than 50 people may only be approved by local cities, towns and counties if they have determined that safety precautions issued by the CDC and ADHS are in place, and the event organizer has committed to implementing and enforcing these precautions.

If an event is approved, the jurisdiction must post the mitigation measures that the event organizer is required to implement and enforce on their website and must dedicate resources to enforcing those mitigation measures.

As was the case before, a city, town or county may deny a request for an organized event due to public health concerns related to COVID-19.

Additional Dollars For Hospitals

The Governor is directing an additional $60 million to provide more staffing at Arizona hospitals. ADHS plans to secure an additional 500 nurses through the end of December, with additional staffing to last throughout January. The staffing boost will provide critical nursing resources to hospitals statewide amid the surge of COVID-19 patients.  

Previously, Governor Doug Ducey announced that passengers arriving from out of state at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Tucson International Airport and Mesa’s Gateway Airport will receive messages that masks are a priority in Arizona and asking them to wear masks while in our state. The Governor said the Department of Health Services will work with the airports to establish onsite COVID-19 testing facilities with “quick” turnarounds to allow incoming passengers to be tested.

Here in Sedona, visitors are continually exposed to our “Mask Up, Sedona” messages and posters that list expected behaviors, such as social distancing, staying home when sick and frequent handwashing. Businesses have access to Chamber posters advising customers that masks are required and hundreds of businesses have committed to Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready.  We regularly encourage businesses to be sure their posters are prominently displayed and that employees are following safety protocols.

Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order limiting some business operations remains in effect. The Arizona Office of Tourism offers an excellent review of the state guidelines organized by type of business. Please check with your favorites for updates on their operational plans. 

Sedona’s policy requiring that masks be worn in public places remains in effect

Yavapai County Community Health Services and Northern Arizona Healthcare offer up to date statistics on COVID-19’s local, including number and location of cases, hospital bed space and critical care bed space. 

Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready Educates Residents, Visitors, Businesses 

274 businesses have signed on to Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready as we continue to help residents, visitors and businesses interact safely. The site lists all participating businesses and valuable safety tips. Look for Sedona | Safe.Clean.Ready window stickers and posters at businesses all over town. 

We are reaching out to visitors, too, encouraging these eight safety practices when visiting Sedona:  

  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).

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest steps we are taking together to battle the pandemic. #SedonaStrong

Michelle Conway

sed-20-maskcampaign-1000x500-fnlpurpleAdditional Resources:

For testing sites near you, put in your zip code at Arizona Department of Health.

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

Here you will find the Sedona Emergency Community Resource Directory.