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  • Operating Guidance for Businesses and Events During the Pandemic

    All Businesses

    The Arizona Department of Health Services and Gov. Doug Ducey's Executive Order 2020-40 have established operating guidance for all Arizona businesses. It states: 

    Any business, whether for-profit or non-profit, institution, profession or entity that physically operates in the State of Arizona and serves the public or is an employer shall develop, establish, implement and enforce policies that adopt guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 including the following: 
    • Promoting healthy hygiene practices; 
    • Intensifying cleaning, disinfection and ventilation practices; 
    • Monitoring for sickness; 
    • Ensuring physical distancing; 
    • Requiring face coverings when physical distancing is not feasible; 
    • Providing necessary protective equipment; 
    • Allowing for and encouraging teleworking where feasible; 
    • Providing plans, where possible, to return to work in phases; and 
    • Limiting the congregation of groups of no more than 10 persons when feasible and in relation to the size of the location.
    Read the full guidance: Arizona Requirements for All Businesses Operating in Arizona 
    The State of Arizona and Pima County have established requirements for the operation of businesses and other establishments that protect the public and workers from the transmission of COVID-19. This page aggregates all of that information for easy reference by all types of businesses. 

    Business, groups, nonprofits or other organizations seeking to host events, expos, celebrations or other activities involving more than 50 people in Pima County can find guidance for hosting such events on this page, and apply for permits as needed. 

    Pima County Board of Supervisors Requirements 

    10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Curfew to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors Dec. 15 passed Resolution 2020-98 establishing a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in all of Pima County as an effort to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19.  However, a recent court injunction makes that measure voluntary for the time being.

    The curfew still applies to everyone and every business in Pima County except on tribal lands. The County Health Department will continue to investigate any establishment reported or suspected of failing to follow the curfew. Establishments with county permits or licenses could face suspension or revocation if found to be in violation. Establishments not regulated by the county may also be investigated and face orders of abatement from the Health Department if necessary. The Board and the County Administrator emphasized that education and adherence was the primary goal of the Resolution, not enforcement.

    Stop the Spread Proclamation

    The Board of Supervisors in May, with a revision in July, passed a Proclamation that governs all restaurants and other establishments serving food to the public, plus gyms and hotels with pools, and area tourist attractions on County property. The Proclamation seeks to slow or prevent the spread of COVID-19 by requiring wellness checks of employees, mandates employees wear face coverings, increases sanitation standards, sets occupancy limits and more. Businesses that meet the requirements will be assisted by the County via metro area marketing effort promoting these businesses as Ready for You.
    More information:
     Proclamation Governing Operation of Restaurants, Bars, Pools and Attractions 
    Pima County's Ready For You program

    Face Mask Resolution

    At the request of the Pima County Health Department, and following advice from the Centers for Disease Control and the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Pima County Board of Supervisors passed Resolution 2020-49 June 19 requiring everyone in Pima County to wear a face covering until further notice from the Health Department. The Resolution affects all businesses and establishments in the County. The Board amended the Resolution December 4, passing Resolution 2020-96 adding penalties for failing to wear a mask. Businesses face up to $500 fines if employees and patrons fail to wear masks, and individuals could be fined $50 for failing to wear a mask. 
    Resolution Requiring the Wearing of Face Coverings 
    Learn more about why face masks are effective at stopping the spread of COVID-19. 

    Pima County Requirements for Hosting Festivals, Events or Celebrations

    Gov. Doug Ducey's Executive Order 2020-43 limits public gatherings during the pandemic to under 50 people. Any gathering more than that requires the organizer to seek a permit from the County Health Department. If you are seeking to host an event please read the Safe Event Permitting Process from the Health Department and then fill out an event application using the below link. 
    Safe Event Request Form during COVID-19
    Consumer Health and Food Safety Permit Webpage for more information

    State Guidance: 

    Gov. Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control, have published guidance for all types of businesses in Arizona. Pima County's requirements includes the state's guidance, but not all businesses in Pima County are regulated or permitted by the County. Please review the below for more information about operating these types of businesses during the pandemic. 
    Gym and Fitness Centers 
    Bars Serving Food
    Bars Not Serving Food
    Pools and Waterparks 

    Tracking COVID-19 in Pima County for determining levels of business operations during the pandemic

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