TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Days after the town of Marana declared a local emergency in reaction to the COVID-19 crisis, Mayor Ed Honea issued a second amendment to be more in line with Pima County’s emergency declaration, passed Thursday, March 19. The move follows Hornea’s order to close all restaurants and bars, with the exception of curbside delivery.
Hornea called for additional restrictions, this time on town buildings in a news release sent Saturday, March 21, 2020. All town buildings will be closed to the public, except for Marana courts and the Marana Police Department building, both will be open to the public.
The new amendment takes effect 8 a.m. Monday, March 23 until midnight April 10, 2020, according to the release.
The town declared a local emergency Tuesday, March 17. Honea said at the time that the proclamation is aimed at “flattening the curve of the spread of COVID-19,” making sure hospitals don’t become overwhelmed and allowing for emergency funding.
In the original declaration, public gathering places, such as restaurants, bars, libraries and gyms, were asked to enforce social distancing. The town merely recommended increasing the use of delivery and drive-through services.
People are being urged to stay home if they are feeling sick, avoid groups of 10 or more people and avoid contact with “at-risk groups” associated with COVID-19. Officials say it’s also a great time to practice good personal hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands, refraining from touching your face and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow.
“The safety and well-being of our entire community is of the utmost priority and concern for the town of Marana,” Honea said. “These will be challenging times for everyone, but if we work together to follow these recommended actions to reduce the spread of the virus, we can ensure a brighter future for everyone.”
Many town employees are working from home to reduce the number of people in town facilities.