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  • Operating Guidance for Businesses and Events During the Pandemic

    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 up to 200 people in Pima County can find guidance for hosting such events on this page, and apply for permits as needed. 

    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 

    Hosting an Event

    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. 

    Organized public events of more than fifty (50) people are prohibited per Arizona Executive Order 2020-59, Further Mitigation Requirement for Events, unless the local jurisdiction approves the event and documented, adequate COVID-19 safety precautions consistent with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) guidance are submitted. For events that have been approved, the local jurisdiction must publicly post the approved mitigation measures and submit a copy of the measures to ADHS. Additionally, enforcement of approved mitigation measures is conducted by the local jurisdiction. 

    This Application is required for public organized events of more than fifty (50) people in unincorporated Pima County and events on Pima County properties. For public organized events in the city of Tucson and the towns of Marana, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita, please contact those jurisdictions for special event information and processes. For events in other jurisdictions that require Temporary Food Permit Applications, a copy of the event approval by the jurisdiction must be provided with the Temporary Food Permit Application(s). Contact Pima County Health Department Consumer Health and Food Safety for more information.

    Safe Event Request Form during COVID-19
    Consumer Health and Food Safety Permit Webpage for more information

    Sports Activities

    Use of County Park Facilities for Organized Sports Activities

    Effective March 6, 2021, the Health Department approved resuming issuance of use permits and agreements for sports tournaments, groups and leagues at County-owned facilities, subject to the following COVID-19 mitigation measures:
    • Initial spectator limit of 50 individuals per outdoor field/use area, and no spectators at indoor venues;
    • Required face coverings by coaches, officials and spectators, and wearing of masks by players when not involved in active play;
    • Limiting seating to non-bleacher areas where spectators can keep six (6) feet spacing between separate parties;
    • Posting of COVID-19 advisory signage;
    • Designating event staff or volunteers to monitor and enforce adherence to mitigation measures; and
    • Completion of an attestation form accepting the required mitigation measures.
    See the list of guidance and attestation form that will signify acceptance of the requirements by organizers.

    If seeking to host a public organized event of more than fifty (50) people in unincorporated Pima County or for events on Pima County properties, complete this application.

    Approved mitigation plans for events

    Event Name   PDF of mitigation summary 
    Canoa Ranch Hawaiian Polynesian Concert   Mitigation Measures for Event 
    Saguaro Half Marathon  Mitigation Measures for Event
    Casting Crowns  Mitigation Measures for Event
    La Mesa RV Show  Mitigation Measures for Event
    I-10 Cannonball Express 10U-13U   Mitigation Measures for Event
    Omni Tucson National Resort
    Cologuard Classic Golf Tournament
     Mitigation Measures for Event
    REVEL Mt. Lemmon Marathon and Half Marathon  Mitigation Measures for Event 


    BOS Requirements

    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. 
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