Board of Supervisors’ Proclamation for Reopening Some Businesses in Pima County
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 community to craft these rules.
County COVID-19 Health and Protection Information
The Pima County Health Department has an expansive website dedicated to COVID-19 health and protection information. This page has everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Pima County and how you can help protect yourself and others.
County Back To Business Information
In anticipation of Gov. Doug Ducey relaxing or lifting his Stay At Home Order, the County Board of Supervisors formed a Back To Business Committee made up of business, labor, and public health leaders to provide advice and guidance on how to reopen the County economy as safely as possible while the pandemic continues. The Committee was supported by several subcommittees, including one made up of public health experts and physicians who provided and explained the science and merit behind the recommended safety precautions that the Board adopted. The Board adopted the recommendations as operating rules for businesses (see above Proclamation).
Arizona Reopening Guidance and Executive Orders
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, when he lifted his Stay at Home Executive Order, required businesses to follow COVID-19 protective measures guidance. He further clarified April 16 that local jurisdictions – Counties and Municipalities – should be enforcing the state’s requirements.
CDC Guidelines for restaurants, bars, and pools
The Centers for Disease Control has extensive information and guidance for business owners and operators and other public facilities. Most of the state’s and the county’s protective measures rules and guidance is drawn from this well-researched and authoritative information.
The Pima County Ready For You program has partnered with a local philanthropic effort called COVID Clean, which is a non-profit organization that drives revenue into Tucson’s restaurants by instilling confidence that meals are being prepared in a clean and safe manner. Its mission is to ensure that Tucson’s restaurants prepare and serve their food in accordance with the recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Pima County Health Department’s Ready For You program.
COVID Clean is a free service but accepts gift cards from restaurants that are redistributed to recently unemployed restaurant workers. The non-profit has signed up over 40 restaurants to its COVID Clean Pledge and was founded by 16-year-old Drew Messing, who believes that “in a time of struggle for the restaurant industry, restaurants who are taking serious COVID-19 precautions should be promoted.”
COVID Clean has agreed to follow the requirements of the County’s Back To Business Proclamation.
Pima County and the City of Tucson have partnered with Hownd, an online marketing platform that lets businesses navigating the effects of COVID-19 offer vouchers, much like digital gift cards, to consumers to buy now and use later.