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  • Supervisors extend COVID-19-related business restrictions to April 10

    Mar 26, 2020 | Read More News
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    Board of SupervisorsThe Pima County Board of Supervisors today voted to extend the term of restrictions for some businesses in unincorporated Pima County to April 10, 2020, as part of the Board’s effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in the community.

    The Board, using its emergency powers March 19, ordered all restaurants in the unincorporated County to cease on-premises dining but allowing take-out service, and closed numerous types of businesses, including bars, bowling alleys, yoga studios, and gyms (full list). Tuesday’s action extends that order to coincide with the timing of school closures set by Gov. Doug Ducey. The order would have expired March 31.

    The Board also created a civil penalty for businesses governed by the Board’s restrictions. Previously, the penalty for violating the County’s order was criminal, a class 1 misdemeanor. By adding a civil violation component, the County’s Health Department can respond to complaints of violations, potentially relieving the Sheriff’s Department as the primary enforcement authority for the proclamation.

    First violations of the Board’s order would be a written warning. A second violation would be a $500 fine. Further violations would be fines of $2,500 per occurrence.

    Board members said it is not the County’s intent to dispatch compliance investigators across the unincorporated county. The County Health Department is relying on business owners to protect their employees and the public by following these restrictions and help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Pima County. The purpose of the penalties is to ensure compliance in case there are instances of businesses not fully following these mitigation efforts.

    Additionally, the Board voted to hold weekly meetings every Thursday during the pandemic so that it can rapidly respond to any changing circumstances associated with the progress of the outbreak.