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Governor’s order pauses operations of gyms and bars, prohibits mass gatherings
June 29, 2020
COTTONWOOD, AZ – Effective 8 p.m. today, all indoor gyms and bars with a Series 6 or 7 license must close to the public. All mass gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited. To view Governor Ducey’s order visit https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2020-43.pdf
At this time the City of Cottonwood will continue to keep City facilities open with the exception of the Community Recreation Center, which must now temporarily close the indoor facility. The outdoor pool will remain open for lap swimming. More details on the outdoor pool are forthcoming.
The City of Cottonwood will be assessing how this order affects future plans and will issue updates as decisions are made. For more information please call 928-634-5526.
Letter to Cottonwood Businesses in Response to Governor’s Order
July 1, 2020
Re: COVID-19 Safety Requirements
To Whom It May Concern,
As you are aware, the Governor has issued Executive Orders (2020-36, 2020-40, and 2020-43) regarding the latest developments and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These orders specifically state that businesses must update their policies to contain the spread of COVID-19. Businesses shall update, adhere to, and enforce written policies in accordance with EO 2020-36 that adopt CDC, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and ADHS guidelines.
As of 8 p.m. on June 29, 2020, the Governor issued an order to pause operations of bars, indoor gyms, fitness clubs and centers, indoor movie theaters, water parks and tubing rentals (EO 2020-43). Additionally, all businesses shall adhere to and provide adequate safety measures to comply with the requirements listed in the below links:
The City of Cottonwood believes in educating businesses regarding these measures, however, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in Arizona and the Verde Valley, continued non-compliance will result in enforcement action being taken by the City, as outlined in the Governor’s Executive Orders. The Department of Liquor Licenses and Control may also take enforcement action on establishments under their jurisdiction who do not comply with these measures. To report a violation please call 928-340-2739. Guidance about the Executive Orders from the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control can be found at the following links:
On June 19th the Mayor of the City of Cottonwood issued an Emergency Proclamation requiring the wearing of face coverings for any person over the age of three (3) within the City Limits. Exceptions to this requirement are included and can be found at the following link:
Your cooperation in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our community safe is appreciated. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact City Officials at 928-634-5526.
Scott Ellis, Community Development Director, 928-634-5505
Ron Corbin, City Manager, 928-634-5526
As we all prepare for the re-opening of businesses in the Verde Valley, there are practices that must be implemented to help ensure safety to our community. Below is a list of documents supplied by Arizona state and health officials. All are encouraged to become familiar with these procedures:
- RETURN STRONGER: A Gradual Step-By-Step Plan For Reenergizing Arizona
- CDC GUIDANCE FOR CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes
- CDC GUIDANCE FOR CLEANING AND DISINFECTING: Develop, Implement, Maintain, and Revise Your Plan
- GUIDANCE FOR RESTAURANTS PROVIDING DINE-IN SERVICES
- GUIDANCE FOR RETAIL
- FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS/RETAIL STORES: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- GUIDANCE FOR BARBERS AND COSMETOLOGISTS
- SALONS AND BARBERSHOPS: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- YAVAPAI COUNTY CHILDCARE: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- GYMS: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- LODGING ESTABLISHMENTS: Guidelines and Best Practices for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
- OPENING A POOL OR SPA: Maintenance Tips for Operators
- ARIZONA FARMERS MARKETS: Safety Recommendations and Standards for Food Distribution and Purchases
- GUIDANCE FOR POOLS
- GUIDANCE FOR GYMS AND FITNESS PROVIDERS
- GUIDANCE FOR SPAS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS AND PERSONAL SERVICES
Ongoing Cottonwood Services
City of Cottonwood Building, Programs, and Services: In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect our employees and citizens, most City buildings, programs and services to the public will be closed beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5 p.m. and until further notice. City employees will still be attending to their duties, and many will still be working in the City offices, accessible by phone and/or email. All public safety, emergency response, transit service, and utility services will continue uninterrupted, and the Cottonwood Municipal Court and Airport will also remain open and operational.
Utility Online Bill Pay: The one-time payment fee for the Utility Billing online bill pay will be waived starting today, March 16, until further notice. We want to encourage customers to pay online, mail payments in or call in payments instead of coming into the office to help keep everyone in the community healthy.
Cottonwood Police Department: The Cottonwood Police Department has suspended the following activities until further notice; Fingerprinting, Police Citizens Academy, Cadet Program, Ride-A-Long Program and Facility Tours.
Cottonwood Area transit (CAT): Cottonwood Area Transit (CAT) has suspended cash fares on all routes. This temporary measure is being taken as a safety precaution for our riders, drivers, and staff that handle cash. Retain your monthly pass or punch pass for use after this precaution is lifted.
We are not making any modifications to the bus service at this time. Should this change we will inform you through the media, the City of Cottonwood website (CottonwoodAZ.gov), our Facebook page (facebook.com/CityofCottonwoodAZ), and via the RouteShout app.
Cottonwood Area Transit has stepped up its bus cleaning efforts to twice a day as part of the normal daily routine. We are doing what we can to help keep a safe working environment for both passengers and drivers. We are asking our passengers to help us with basic hygiene procedures:
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and
- Please stay home if you are feeling sick.
All buses will have disinfectant available on the bus. Together, we can make a difference. For more information about Verde Valley public transportation, please call the CAT office at 928-634-2287.
City of Cottonwood Council Meeting: These meetings will continue as scheduled, but the community is encouraged to watch on Facebook Live. We will have a staff member monitoring and responding to questions as appropriate.
City of Cottonwood City Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting: Tonight’s meeting will be televised and the community is encouraged to watch on Facebook Live.
COVID-19 Senior Citizen Necessities Donation Drive
Public Safety members from the City of Cottonwood are banding together and helping to take care of those who have taken care of us.
As you are aware, this current crisis has caused extreme hardship on the elderly in our area. We are starting a donation drive to collect toilet paper and other essential toiletries for area seniors. All supplies collected will be donated to the elderly within our City. Please bring any new, unused items that you can spare to the front desk at the Cottonwood Police Department. Thank you for your support of our area seniors. Call 928-634-4246 for more details.
City of Cottonwood Community Resources Program
Initiated on April 1, 2020 to help the Verde Valley COVID-19 pandemic recovery
The public outpouring of support during this challenging time is reassuring—we will recover. The City of Cottonwood is ready to serve, and is collecting resources available in our community, and distributing this generosity through our newly-initiated Community Resources Program (CRP).
The Verde Valley houses a variety of non-profit organizations who help our community in many ways. Providing food, shelter, and counseling are just a few of the services that are available to those in need.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Arizona, many of our residents have had to face new challenges, both health-related and otherwise. As these needs began to surface so did people stepping up to lend a hand. Some have reached out to the City to find out what is needed and where it should go. This is how the CRP got started.
CAN YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATION DONATE OR VOLUNTEER? At times like this many of us want to help, but also want our help to go where it is most needed. Contact the CRP to get connected! email@example.com, 928-340-2700
Do you or your family need help? If you need assistance during this time that is presenting hardships to so many, you don’t have to go it alone. Contact the CRP to get connected! We will be discreet and do our best to point you in the right direction.
Does your organization need help? We have a network working to get help to where it is most needed. Contact the CRP to get connected! firstname.lastname@example.org, 928-340-2700
HAVE ITEMS TO DONATE? Donations are being accepted at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Call ahead: 928-340-2700
• Money: we will put donated funds where they are needed the most
• Time: we will find out who is looking for more hands.
• Hand sanitizer
• Toilet paper
• Paper towels
• Rubbing alcohol
• Baby formula.
• Tympanic thermometers
• Sterile cloth
Thanks to our Community Partners!
• Burt Black Jr. VFW Post 7400
• VFW Post 7400 Auxiliary
• Verde Valley Wine Consortium
To download a printable version of this information, click here.
- COVID-19 hotline: 844-542-8201
- Yavapai School Lunch Programs: Meals for children ages 1-18
- Community Resources: including COVID-19 info/referrals; child care; counseling, suicide and domestic violence help; early childhood development; LGBT help; mindfulness meditation; kids activities; wifi and internet help
- Homeless, Food, Pregnancy, Healthcare, Counseling: Verde Valley Community Information and Referrals
- Northern Arizona Healthcare COVID-19 Resources website
- School Closure Information: COCSD School Closure Update
- Yavapai County Emergency Food Bank Resources
- Old Town Mission is open and providing services.
- Sedona Fire District COVID-19 Dashboard website
- Arizona Dept of Health Services website
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website
- Yavapai County Community Health Services website
- Community Development: Adjusted Building Operations
- Community Development: Adjusted Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits Q&A from the Department of Economic Security
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits - CARES Act from the Department of Economic Security
- Unemployment resources: NACOG Economic/Workforce Development Division: Coronavirus Response Resources
- Restaurant employee help: Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
- Need help paying bills? The U.S. Government has posted resources to help individuals and families.
- Arizona Together is a state website offering support and resources to families and businesses in the state of Arizona.
- Support Local Arizona: website offering ways to contribute to help your favorite local businesses stay in business
- Caring and connection in the time of Covid-19: ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience
- Mind, Body, Spirit resources
- Mental Health Resources and Support
Cottonwood Connected Campaign
The #CottonwoodConnected Campaign offers a virtual platform for our community members to share positive news and connect with each other. The campaign also offers a platform for donations to relief efforts.
Donate Money: The Cottonwood Coronavirus Relief Fund will provide financial support to organizations working to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 in the Verde Valley. There is a donation button on the website where you can securely make a monetary donation: https://cottonwoodconnected.com/
Donate Goods & Services: Businesses and organizations can also support the initiative through the donation of goods, services or volunteer efforts by employee groups. Get your organization engaged in our work to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on Arizonans. Donate goods and services to the City of Cottonwood Community Resources Program—click the tab above and to the left to find out more.
Share Your Goodness: Record a video to help spread positivity in the Verde Valley. A form is available on the website to upload your video: https://cottonwoodconnected.com/
- COVID-19 Arizona Business Resources from the Arizona Commerce Authority website
- Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Yavapai College website
- U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus Relief Options website
- CARES Act Guides: US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship
- Loans to help rural businesses: USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
- How to apply for an SBA Loan: SBA Economic Injury DLA Process and Fact Sheet
- Where to apply for a small business loan: Active SBA Lenders in Arizona
- Help for Small Businesses facing closure: NACOG Economic/Workforce Development Division: Coronavirus Response Resources
- Keep paying your employees: Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet and Application
- Local First Arizona website offers resources to support small businesses
- Small Business Relief Fund Application through Local Arizona First
- Guidance from Faith-based Organizations from the SBDC
- Arizona Together is a state website offering support and resources to families and businesses in the state of Arizona.
- Help for non-profits through Arizona Community Foundation's Arizona Covid-19 Community Response Fund
- Small Business Grants Program from Facebook
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Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan
June 17, 2020
- PHOENIX — Following COVID-19 case increases and hospitalizations, Governor Doug Ducey today announced enhanced actions to contain the spread of the virus and protect Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. The announced actions build on Arizona’s substantial efforts to boost testing, expand contact tracing, secure PPE for health care and frontline workers, fast-track resources to the most affected areas and more.
View this information in Spanish HERE.
Additional actions announced today include:
- Continuing to boost diagnostic testing, including expanding rapid testing capability;
- Amplifying contact tracing in partnership with counties, including utilizing National Guard assets and providing additional resources to counties;
- Increasing awareness of distancing and face-covering guidelines, including authorizing local governments to implement enhanced mitigation measures;
- Continuing to focus on long-term care settings, including providing $10 million for additional PPE and face masks;
- And enhancing guidance for establishments to limit congregating and enforce mitigation policies.
“We remain one hundred percent focused on protecting public health and saving lives,” said Governor Ducey. “As we continue to expand testing and prioritize our most vulnerable populations, today’s stepped-up actions will help further contain the spread of COVID-19 by requiring enhanced compliance with public health guidelines, expanding contact tracing, and providing additional resources to boost local public health efforts. We need to redouble our efforts and we need everyone to do their part. We will continue to closely track the data, work with officials around the state and make this our highest priority.”
Continuing to boost testing
Diagnostic testing in Arizona continues to ramp up, with the most tests conducted on a single day occurring on June 9 (14,106). Over 80 sites across the state of Arizona offer diagnostic testing for COVID-19, and growing. In addition, today’s announcement includes a new partnership with Arizona State University to scale up saliva-based testing developed by the university. The less invasive test will allow for more rapid and accurate results while requiring less PPE, facilitating greater usage at workplaces and health care facilities. The state also has partnered with the University of Arizona to provide 250,000 serology tests to health care and public safety workers and expand antibody testing for correctional officers.
Amplifying contact tracing
Governor Ducey today signed an Executive Order to ensure county public health officers have the support, tools and resources to carry out robust contact tracing. The order provides authority to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to implement a consistent, statewide system for case investigation and contact tracing and makes available up to 300 Arizona National Guard members to boost manpower for contact tracing efforts. In addition, AHDS is providing more than $37 million to enhance contact tracing locally and statewide.
Increasing awareness of distancing and face-covering guidelines
Following outbreaks in select parts of the state, including along the southern border and in northeastern counties, ADHS today released updated guidance allowing local governments to implement mask and face-covering policies and determine enforcement measures. The guidance allows local authorities to tailor mitigation efforts specific to the local public health need.
Governor Ducey also announced an expanded education campaign to make Arizonans aware of public health guidelines. All Arizonans should continue to stay physically distant, stay home when sick and wear face masks.
Continuing to focus on long-term care settings and vulnerable populations
Arizona has placed a high priority on long-term care and nursing facilities, including recently completing testing of all residents in these settings. The Governor also announced today an additional $10 million for more masks and PPE in long-term care facilities to contain and mitigate spread of COVID-19. ADHS will continue to partner with health facilities to prioritize continued testing of all residents and staff.
Enhancing guidance to limit congregating
Arizona’s Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order issued on May 12 requires businesses and other entities operating in the state to implement health and safety plans to protect workers and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Updated guidance issued today by ADHS requires specific health measures be taken by establishments, including:
- Physically distancing of 6 feet;
- Providing employees with face-coverings and requiring usage;
- Conducting symptom checks for all employees before shifts;
- Requiring sick employees to stay home;
- And increasing the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting.
Local law enforcement will have authority for enforcement of these guidelines.
View today’s Executive Order HERE.
View requirements for businesses HERE.
View requirements for restaurants and bars providing dine-in services HERE.