Oro Valley responds to Governor Ducey’s latest executive order

Published on March 26, 2021

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Oro Valley, Arizona (March 26, 2021) — Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced the next phase of COVID-19 business and safety protocols in a new executive order yesterday. While the order relaxes occupancy restrictions for businesses like restaurants, gyms and theaters, it does not change the current mask and social distancing best practices currently in place. In fact, the governor asked businesses to voluntarily continue safety measures.

Per the governor’s order, local municipalities still have the ability to require certain safety measures in their buildings and facilities. As such, the Town of Oro Valley will continue to require masks and social distancing protocols in all Town-owned buildings and enclosed facilities such as Town Hall, the Aquatic Center and the Community Center. Masks are not required at outdoor areas such as parks and golf courses.

Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield weighed in on the announcement: “While the governor’s latest order doesn’t directly impact Town of Oro Valley operations, it does provide a great opportunity to remind our residents that the battle against COVID-19 is not over. We’ve made great strides in the past several weeks because our community and state have continued to practice social distancing and mask wearing, and we must continue diligently following these practices. In his message yesterday, Governor Ducey stated that ‘distribution of the vaccine is our best path to getting back to normal.’ I want to echo that sentiment, and I strongly encourage residents to consider vaccination. I recognize that vaccination is a personal choice, but our personal choices impact not only our own health, but also the health of those around us. Safety precautions plus vaccinations means greater health and safety for all of Oro Valley.”

COVID-19 remains a fluid situation, and the Town of Oro Valley will continue to partner with the Pima County Health Department in the coming days and weeks to assess and evaluate next steps. The Pima County Health Department is Oro Valley’s lead agency when it comes to public health. To learn more, visit www.Pima.gov/covid19.

For vaccine inquiries or registration, visit www.pima.gov/covid19vaccine or call the Pima County vaccine information and registration assistance call center at 520-222-0119.

To read Governor Ducey’s Executive Order, visit: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2021/03/governor-ducey-announces-next-phase-business-and-safety-protocols