TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Pima County Board of Supervisors declared a state of emergency for Pima County, Thursday.
On March 19, 2020 supervisors outlined what this declaration means for residents and businesses in the county.
Restaurants and bars will no longer be allowed to serve customers on the premises, according to the meeting, and customers would not be allowed to enter those businesses. However, businesses will be allowed to offer food through delivery, window, drive-thru or take-out options.
Several supervisors discussed asking businesses to “voluntarily comply”, but the concern of the virus resulted in the motion to prohibit.
This proclamation goes into effect at 8 p.m. on March 19 and is in effect until midnight, March 31, 2020. During that time, the County and the County Health Department will review strategies and guidance for determining whether today’s action will need to be continued as is, modified or ended.
Additionally, the Board today ordered closed, theaters, indoor performance centers, museums, gyms and fitness centers and studios, and similar facilities. It also closed bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing or jumping facilities, skating rinks and other similar recreational and entertainment facilities.
Those closures are under the same timeline as restaurants and bars.
“Let’s be very clear, this is going to cause real pain in our community and the Board knows l that this will put people out of work. That is very painful to me personally, but I know it is the right thing to do. We took these actions to protect the public health. We all take seriously the repercussions of our actions today,” said Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías.
The proclamation passed today further strongly urges the faith community and houses of worship to limit gatherings on their premises and observe social distancing guidelines.
It also urges businesses and employers to follow social distancing and avoid gathering of more than 10 people in accordance with state and federal guidance.