The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is committed to serving our community by creating this website to pull together state and federal resources to help our municipalities and citizens respond to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic. If there are any further resources you feel should be added please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep checking back for more information as this site will be updated on continual basis.
Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction
FACE COVERINGS DECLARATIONS
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings, which can be found here.
On Thursday, June 18, Governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-40. The order provides authority to local governments to “adopt policies regarding the wearing of face coverings in public for the purpose of mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
Below is a list of municipalities that have taken formal action regarding the use of face coverings as well as a link to their specific regulation on the matter. Please review the provided information carefully as specific requirements may vary between communities.
A full map of County and Municipal requirements is available here.
Santa Cruz County
CITIES AND TOWNS
Governor Ducey has created two programs to aid local governments as they deal with the costs associated with COVID-19; the AZCares Fund and the Arizona Express Pay Program. Under the AZCares Fund, each city and town has been allocated a portion of a $441M fund that can be used to cover public safety payroll from March through December of this year. The Arizona Express Pay Program is a fund of $150M that can be used to immediately reimburse municipalities for expenses covered by the FEMA Public Assistance Program.
More information about these programs can be found below.
State Website for AZCares Fund and Arizona Express Pay Program
FEMA Public Assistance Program
On Wednesday, June 3 the League hosted a webinar with the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting Economic Recovery Management Team to review these programs and answer questions.
Click here to view the Webinar
Click here to download the presentation
NEWS AND INFORMATION
AZCentral – AZ Central is providing free access to their COVID-19 coverage.
AZDHS COVID-19 School Dashboard
8/21/20 - Last week, the Governor’s Office announced a partnership with Local First Arizona to provide $10 million in rent and mortgage relief grants for businesses named in Executive Order 2020-52: Continuation of Executive Order 2020-43 Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 including gyms, fitness centers and studios, movie theaters, bars, and water parks. The grant program will provide grants for up to 2 months of rent or mortgage payments due by small businesses with fewer than 50 employees that were affected by EO 2020-43. The maximum award will be $25,000.
The application for this grant will open tomorrow, Thursday, August 20 at 10 am and will be available here.
We encourage you to share this grant opportunity with businesses in your community. It is unclear how long it will take to process applications, however once approved, businesses can expect to see funds within 7-10 days of approval.
5/4/20 - Executive Order 2020-34: Building on COVID-19 Successes
ARCHIVED NEWS STORIES
STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION FROM PRIVATE SECTOR STAKEHOLDERS
Letter from Arizona Food Marketing Alliance to Mayors regarding face mask ordinances
Letter from Arizona Restaurant Association regarding face mask ordinances
Southwest Gas Letter to the League
Cox Residential Services – How we are responding to the Coronavirus
3/23/20 – Updated Cox Services During COVID-19
3/17/20 – Cox Letter to City/Town Managers
3/13/20 – Cox Community Letter
3/13/20 – What Cox is doing during Coronavirus response
3/16/20 - Arizona Chapter Associated General Contractors – COVID-19 Bulletin
3/20/20 - Arizona Chapter Associated General Contractors – AZAGC Issue Alert
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Letter to the President
Statement from Home Builders Association of Central Arizona
American Red Cross
FACE COVERINGS DECLARATIONS
Arizona Together - Resources for Individuals
Arizona Department of Health Services
Arizona Department of Education – Guidance to Schools on COVID-19
Arizona Commerce Authority - Business Resources during COVID-19
Department of Liquor Licenses and Control on Executive Order 2020-09
COUNTY - COURTS
Arizona Supreme Court - Administrative Order 2020-48: Authorizing Limitation of Court Operations During a Public Health Emergency
COUNTY - ELECTIONS
The Arizona Secretary of State has established this website to provide contact information for all 15 county election officials. Please contact your election official for any changes to your election as a result of the COVID-19 virus. County Election Officials
CDC: Recommendations for Polling Locations – the CDC has outlined recommendations for preventing the spread of the disease at polling locations. Click Here.
COUNTY COVID-19 WEBSITES
CitiesSpeak - Seeking FEMA Assistance to the COVID-19 Pandemic
National League of Cities
Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders
REMOTE COUNCIL MEETINGS
Section 7.10.3 of the Arizona Attorney General’s Agency Handbook discusses “Remote Conferencing.” In the event that a city or town council is concerned about gathering for a council meeting, the handbook does describe provisions for allowing members of a public body to attend by telephone or other technological devices. A jurisdiction would need to confirm that its local ordinances allow for remote participation in council meetings. Additionally, communities may want to explore live-streaming options for council meetings should large, public gatherings be discouraged. Please bear in mind that Open Meeting Law affords the public the right to attend all open meetings, so live-streaming services must be used as an optional alternative and not as a required form of attendance. The League recommends using the council agenda to communicate key information to the public, including if there won’t be a call to the public, whether or not some or all members of the council will be attending remotely, and any remote viewing/listening options available.