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Arizona Department Of Health Services Phased Reopening Plan For Paused Industries

August 11, 2020

COTTONWOOD, AZ – Governor Ducey issues a plan that allows businesses forced to shutter as a result of the June 27 Executive Order 2020-43 “Pausing of Arizona’s Reopening.” The plan Includes data-driven benchmarks, phased reopening, and requirements to mitigate the spread Of Covid-19. The news release can be viewed at

What does this mean for Yavapai County?

Yavapai County is currently in the "Moderate" transmission category. As outlined in the phased reopening plan, businesses who were forced to close as a result of the June 27 EO may submit an attestation form ( stating they are in compliance of the guidelines required for opening while the county is designated in the moderate transmission category. To view the guidelines for each type of business, visit the pages listed below:

ADHS Requirements Bars and Nightclubs Providing Dine-In Services

ADHS Requirements for Bars and Nightclubs Not Operating as a Restaurant

ADHS Requirements for Indoor Theaters

ADHS Requirements for Indoor Gyms and Fitness Centers

ADHS Requirements for Water Parks & Tubing Operators

A dashboard available at indicates whether counties meet the recommended benchmarks for reopening of gyms, movie theaters, waterparks, tubing venues, and bars. Data on the dashboard will be updated weekly on Thursdays. 

Cottonwood emergency order requiring use of face coverings extended 30 more days, with modification.

July 16, 2020

Mayor Tim Elinski extended his June 19th Emergency Proclamation for an additional 30 days, but modified the order with regard to local schools. Mayor Elinski is letting Governing Boards, Superintendents, Building Principals and/or other responsible officials establish guidelines that are in the best interest of the children, teachers, staff and families they serve, as well as the larger community.

We appreciate the support we have received from the community as we work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19. We also extend gratitude to all of our healthcare workers for your service and dedication in helping to protect public health.

To read the modified order, visit

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

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

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.