Cities, Yavapai County announce new closures
Gyms, bars, pools, county offices among those restricted
YAVAPAI COUNTY — The executive order announced Monday by Gov. Doug Ducey had an almost immediate impact on Verde Valley communities.
Effective 8 p.m. Monday, bars with a Series 6 or 7 license were required to close to the public for 30 days, unless the governor extends it longer. Also closed are all indoor gyms, movie theaters, water parks and tubing rentals.
All gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited, though exceptions can be made if organizers can establish that social distancing can be maintained. Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Randy Garrison said he doesn’t believe this will affect Cottonwood’s Fourth of July evening fireworks event; there is plenty of room for physical distancing, and the city has a face-covering requirement in place.
The City of Cottonwood will continue to keep facilities open with the exception of the Cottonwood Recreation Center, which must now temporarily close its indoor facility. The outdoor pool will remain open for lap swimming.
More details on the outdoor pool are forthcoming, the city said in a news release.
Cottonwood will be assessing how the new order affects future plans and will issue updates as decisions are made. Citizens can call 928-634-5526 with questions.
The City of Sedona issued a news release that repeated many of the governor’s directives that are part of Monday’s executive order. This includes the 30-day prohibition on approval Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control issuing special-event licenses through July 27.
The order does have a provision that enables local governing jurisdictions, such as the city, town or county, to approve events on the condition of meeting certain safety precautions, such as physical distancing.
Yavapai County announced Tuesday morning that county buildings will once again be closed to the public due to the recent spike in COVID-19 positive test results and deaths in Arizona. The buildings had closed in March, but were recently re-opened.
The Superior Court and Justice Courts, which already has several health and safety restrictions in place, are not affected by the closure order.
County Board of Supervisors Chairman Craig Brown emphasized, in a news release, that while the closed buildings are an inconvenience to many, the public should remember this is being done to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“This … simply means that if you need to meet with someone in person you will need to contact the department, and we strongly recommend you wear a mask when you arrive,” Brown said. “We are closing our doors, but are still here to serve the public. Last time we had to close our doors, we were still here taking calls and meeting people at the door when necessary — and it worked well.”
Contact the county department need to speak with to set up an appointment. Phone numbers and email addresses for each department can also be found online at Yavapai.us.
The governor's order can be viewed on the website azgovernor.gov.