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New Executive Order: “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected”

News Release - March 30, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ

“Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” – that’s what the state is asking of fellow Arizonans in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The latest Executive Order issued today by Governor Doug Ducey follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes at the recommendation of public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The Governor’s order promotes increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens. It takes place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 31, 2020.

View this information in Spanish HERE.

“Keeping Arizonans safe and healthy as we slow the spread of COVID-19 remains our top priority,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona citizens and businesses are already responsibly responding to this crisis. This order builds on the state’s efforts to protect public health by reminding Arizonans to maintain healthy habits and find alternative ways to stay connected with friends and loved ones while spending time at home. Slowing the spread of COVID-19 will ensure we build capacity in our healthcare system, and help protect the lives of those we love most. It’s important to emphasize that there are no plans to shut down grocery stores. People should continue to buy what you need for a week’s worth of groceries. I’m grateful to everyone making adjustments to fight this virus and protect others. Arizona will get through this, and we’ll do it together.”

Under the Executive Order, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:

  • To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;

  • For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or

  • To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;

  • And for employment if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.

On March 23, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order clarifying businesses and operations deemed “essential” and providing certainty to business owners, employees and families.

Under today’s order, Arizonans are also encouraged to improve social connectedness by:

  • Maintaining ongoing connections and communication with current social supports and structures such as family, friends, neighbors and other social groups;

  • Educating fellow Arizonans on the negative health impacts of social isolation;

  • And developing habits and activities that increase resilience, such as physical activity, virtual social gatherings, assisting neighbors, implementing or participating in connection campaigns for at risk populations, and participating in volunteer activities.

Under this policy, essential activities include:

  • Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family, household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, assignments for completion of distance learning and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home, residence. 

  • Engaging in activities essential for health and safety, including things such as seeking medical, behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication. 

  • Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, which includes but is not limited to transportation for essential health and safety activities and to obtain necessary supplies and services for the other household. 

  • Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running, biking or golfing, but only if appropriate physical distancing practices are used.

  • Attending work in or conducting essential services which includes but is not limited to transporting children to child care services for attending work in an essential service.

  • Engaging in constitutionally protected activities such as speech and religion, the democratic process to include voting any legal or court process provided that such is conducted in a manner that provides appropriate physical distancing to the extent feasible.

Already, Arizona has taken proactive steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

On March 11, Governor Ducey issued a declaration of a Public Health State of Emergency to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and mitigate the spread of the disease.

On March 15, a statewide school closure was issued in coordination with Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. Today, it was extended through the end of the school year, following CDC guidance.

Many businesses have already greatly reduced their hours and operations as directed by health officials and in an effort to protect the public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.

On March 17th, following updated guidance from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued updated guidance that included canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 or more people, recommending telework and other alternatives, restricting access to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care facilities to provide critical assistance, and providing recommendations to restaurants and eating establishments to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

On March 19th, Governor Ducey required restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only and required all bars, gyms and movie theaters in those counties to close. That same day, Governor Ducey halted all elective surgeries in the state of Arizona to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services.

View a full list of actions HERE.

Last week, Governor Ducey launched the Arizona Together initiative to support Arizonans during the COVID-19 outbreak, connecting individuals and businesses to resources, raising money for community organizations and providing information on volunteer opportunities. The website,, also features tools for mental health support for individuals and families facing changes and stress as a result of COVID-19.

View the Executive Order encouraging Arizonans to stay home, stay healthy and stay connected HERE.

View daily Arizona COVID-19 updates from ADHS HERE.


City of Cottonwood to Modify Operations Under “Stay at Home” Order Issued by Governor Ducey

COTTONWOOD, AZ – March 30, 2020 – An executive order issued by Governor Doug Ducey to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected,” aims to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This order goes into effect Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. A second order was issued “Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services.” The City of Cottonwood provides many services that are considered essential, and will continue to operate with the following modifications:

  • Non-essential personnel will be sent home Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m.
  • Essential personnel will work from home if at all possible.
  • Essential personnel that have to come into work should practice social distancing.


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 (, our Facebook page (, 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.


From the Arizona Department of Health Services

Updated Recommendations - 3/30/2020

  • Effective close of business Tuesday, March 31, Arizonans shall limit their time away from their place of residence or property, except:
    • To conduct or participate in essential activities, and/or;
    • For employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; or
    • To utilize any services or products provided by essential business services;
    • And for employment if as a sole proprietor or family owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to serve the public.
  • Essential businesses that remain open shall implement rules and procedures that facilitate physical distancing and spacing of individuals of at least 6 feet.
    • Businesses, operations, and activities deemed essential by the state were clarified here.
  • Arizonans are encouraged to improve social connectedness, resiliency, and help-seeking behavior.
  • Arizona schools state-wide are closed through the end of the school year.
  • All restaurants are required to provide dine-out options only.
  • All bars, movie theaters, and gyms are required to close.
  • All elective surgeries are halted in the state of Arizona.
  • If someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home and contact your medical provider.
  • All mass gatherings of 10 or more people must be canceled or postponed.

Recommended Resources

Community and Business Partner Recommendations: (link here). Feel free to share with businesses in your communities. Here is Governor Ducey’s tweet about these guidelines. 

Arizona DHS COVID-19 Homepage: Your go-to resource for Arizona-specific guidance (link here).

Health Emergency Operations Center ( Please share proposed private sector or city partnerships that you may have, or that are proposed to you. Please also reach out if you have questions about response operations -- such as equipment needs for first responders, patients, etc. 

Center for Disease Control Homepage: Latest recommendations including President Trump’s guidelines (link here)

The following are closed/cancelled until further notice:

Administration Airport Cottonwood Area Transit (CAT/LYNX) Community Development Fire Dept. Library Municipal Court Parks & Recreation Police Dept. Utilities
Closed to public; please call 928-634-5526 or email None None Closed to public; for general info please contact Cassidy Presmyk at or 928-634-5505 ext. 3327 Station Tours Closed to the public None Closed to the public Fingerprinting One-time payment fee for online bill pay
      Building Division Contact Information Ride-A-Long Program     All City sponsored group activities Police Citizens Academy  
      Adjusted Planning, Zoning, and Code Enforcement Contact Information Public education events     Public gathering areas Cadet Program  
        All public events     The Vintage Run Ride-A-Long Program  
              Easter Egg Hunt Facility Tours  

Ongoing Efforts

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.