Reopening Rules - Pima County Health Department

Health and Safety Requirements

On May 21, the Board of Supervisors issued a Proclamation that sets the minimum COVID-19 protective measures county restaurants, bars, resort and hotel pools, and area attractions must follow. The Board listened to advice and feedback from nearly 130 members of the business and public health communities to craft these rules. These rules are temporary and will be repealed once the pandemic is declared over in Pima County by the County’s Chief Medical Officer.

Minimum employee, vendor, delivery service and patron health and wellness measures:

1. Wellness/symptom checks, including temperature checks for all restaurant personnel, and when possible for vendors, contractors, third party delivery service workers, etc. as they arrive on premises and before opening of a restaurant.

2. Cloth masks and gloves and/or frequent handwashing is required for all servers and restaurant personnel. Develop or follow handwashing policy for servers as it exists in the Pima County Food Code.

3. Pima County Health Notice – Posting of the “STOP Please do not enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms” at the entrance of the facility.

4. Physical and/or electronic signage posting at the restaurant entrance of public health advisories prohibiting individuals who are symptomatic from entering the premises and requiring all persons entering to wear masks unless exempt under Pima County Resolution 2020-49.

5. Indoor occupancy limited to 50 percent unless meeting physical distancing standards allows a higher occupancy.

6. Physical distancing of 6 feet minimum between tables. Bar top or counter seating is not allowed, unless each party is spaced approximately 6 feet apart.

7. Clearly marked 6-foot spacing marks and/or signage along entrances, hallways, restrooms and any other location within a restaurant where queues may form or patrons may congregate.

8. Parties no larger than 10 allowed per table.

9. Menus must be in a format that does not promote potential virus transmission e.g. menu boards, single use menus.

10. Elimination of self-service stations including salad bars and buffets.

11. Expansion of outdoor service areas to increase physical distancing standards.

12. Hand sanitizers available at or adjacent to entrances to the facility, restrooms and in employee work areas, or soap and running water readily accessible to staff and customers and marked locations.

13. Sanitize customer areas after each sitting with EPA-registered disinfectant, including but not limited to: tables, tablecloths, chairs/booth seats, table-top condiments and condiment holders.

Additional measures restaurants and other dine-in establishments should follow:

14. Implement touchless payment methods if possible

15. Restaurant personnel to have a national certification in food safety and handling, as well as specific training in the prevention of COVID-19

The measures in this Section also apply to event spaces and catered functions.

Compliance with the measures in this Section is to be validated during regular operator inspections. All establishments that document adherence to the minimum best practice standards in this Section will earn a Pima County Ready For You emblem that can be displayed electronically or physically to provide a visible symbol of the commitment to the community’s health and well-being.

Minimum employee, vendor, and guest health and wellness measures:

1. Wellness/symptom and temperature checks for all personnel, and when possible for vendors, contractors as they arrive on premises and before opening of a pool.

2. Similar symptoms and temperature checks for guests are optional.

3. Cloth masks and gloves and/or frequent handwashing is required for all staff.

4. Physical and/or website signage posting at the pool or gym entrance of public health advisories prohibiting individuals who are symptomatic from entering the premises and requiring all persons entering to wear masks unless exempt under Pima County Resolution 2020-49.

5. Indoor occupancy limited to 50 percent or lower unless 6-foot physical distance standards can be achieved with higher occupancy.

6. Clearly marked 6-foot spacing marks and/or signage at entrances, hallways, restrooms and any other location within the gym or pool where patrons may queue or congregate.

7. Physical distancing of 6 feet minimum between fitness equipment, deck loungers, chairs and/or tables.

8. Elimination of self-service stations including water fountains, unless touch less. Nothing prohibits the serving of bottled water.

9. Hand sanitizers available at or adjacent to entrances to the facility, restrooms and in employee work areas, or soap and running water readily accessible to staff and customers and marked locations.

10. Sanitize customer areas and high-touched surface areas after each sitting or equipment use with EPA-registered disinfectant.

11. Implement cashless and/or minimal touch payment methods if possible.

For pool operators, compliance with the measures in this Section is to be validated during regular operator inspections. All establishments that document adherence to the minimum best practice standards in this Section will earn a Pima County Ready For You badge that can be displayed electronically or physically to provide a visible symbol of the commitment to the community’s health and wellbeing.

Minimum employee, vendor, delivery service health and wellness measures:

1. Wellness/symptom checks, including temperature checks for all attraction personnel, and when possible for vendors, contractors, third party delivery service workers, etc. as they arrive on premises and before opening of an attraction. Patron wellness checks are recommended but not required.

2. Cloth masks gloves and/or frequent hand washing is required for all staff and volunteers.

3. Pima County Health Notice – Posting of the “STOP Please do not enter if you have COVID-19 symptoms” at the entrance of the facility

4. Physical and/or electronic signage posting at the attraction entrance of public health advisories prohibiting individuals who are symptomatic from entering the premises and requiring all persons entering to wear masks unless exempt under Pima County Resolution 2020-49.

5. Indoor occupancy limited to 50 percent or lower unless physical distance standards can be achieved with higher occupancy. Outdoor attractions are also limited in capacity by social distancing and the ability of the attraction to clearly monitor attendance in the outdoor space.

6. Attendance by reservation or advance ticketing is strongly encouraged to control guest entry and exit to comply with physical distancing.

7. Physical distancing of 6 feet minimum throughout the attraction.

8. Clearly marked 6-foot spacing marks and/or signage throughout the attraction, along entrances, hallways, restrooms and all exhibits. Frequently touched indoor/ outdoor exhibits or any exhibit that would not allow physical distancing should be closed.

9. Hand sanitizers available at or adjacent to entrances to the attraction, restrooms and in employee work areas, or soap and running water readily accessible to staff and customers and marked locations.

10. Elimination of self-service stations including water fountains, unless touchless. Nothing prohibits the serving of bottled water.

11. Sanitize customer areas throughout the attraction with EPA-registered disinfectant, including but not limited to: entry and exit points, and tables or chairs open to the public.

Additional measures attractions should also consider:

1. Implement touchless payment methods if available.

Compliance with the measures in this Section is to be validated by the County Attractions and Tourism Department. All establishments that document adherence to the minimum best practice standards in this Section will earn a Pima County Ready For You badge that can be displayed electronically or physically to provide a visible symbol of the commitment to the community’s health and well-being.

Failure to comply with measures set forth in this Proclamation, except for those that are solely recommendations, subjects an establishment to enforcement as follows:

A. First violation: a written warning whose primary purpose is to educate the establishment in order to obtain voluntary compliance.

B. Second violation of the same or a similar nature: a written warning whose primary purpose is to notify the establishment that future violations of the same or a similar nature as the first violation will result in enforcement action as described in subsection (C) below.

C. Third and subsequent violations of the same or a similar nature will result in enforcement action, which may include closure of the establishment or revocation of the establishment’s operating permit.

D. Establishments that have been found to meet these standards and have not had a valid complaint in violation of either these temporary measures or the Pima County Food Code within the past 12 months, will be posted on the Covid-19 website as following Pima County Best Practices Restaurants.

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