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  • Health Department creates special event public health permit application

    Oct 09, 2020 | Read More News
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    Anyone wishing to hold an event with more than 50 people will need to complete a public health application that will be reviewed by the Pima County Health Department.

    Applicants may find the form and guidance on hosting events on Pima County’s Back to Business webpage.

    Event organizers should submit applications at least 14 days, but preferably 21 days, prior to an event. The permit requirement is set by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive order 2020-43.

    Diane Frisch, director of Pima County’s Attractions and Tourism Office, said the normal fall and winter event season will look different this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

    “We realize this is going to be a difficult year for public events and festivals as we continue to struggle with controlling the virus,” Frisch said. “But we’re confident that event organizers who abide by this guidance will help all of us get back to normal much sooner.”

    Dr. Teresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, said the application provides the Health Department with vital information for determining if an event can occur or how it may need to be modified if necessary.

    “We want to see members of our community having fun and enjoying themselves in a safe, responsible manner,” Cullen said. “When event organizers reach out and work with us at the Health Department, we can ensure the proper protocols are in place for the safety of everyone.”

    Board of Supervisors Chairman Ramón Valadez and City of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero, in an open letter to the community today, wrote, "We know these events are important to our local economy and many of them raise vital funds for nonprofits and charitable organizations who help and support thousands of people in our community. Still, we believe that we can adapt to the current circumstances, and celebrate many of the seasonal events that make Tucson and Pima County unique – it may just look and feel a little different moving forward."

    "We ask everyone in our community to be patient, to be understanding, and to follow public health guidelines to protect yourselves, your families, your neighbors and your community so that we can overcome COVID-19 together."