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Cottonwood emergency order requiring use of face coverings extended 30 more days, with modification.

July 16, 2020

Mayor Tim Elinski extended his June 19th Emergency Proclamation for an additional 30 days, but modified the order with regard to local schools. Mayor Elinski is letting Governing Boards, Superintendents, Building Principals and/or other responsible officials establish guidelines that are in the best interest of the children, teachers, staff and families they serve, as well as the larger community.

We appreciate the support we have received from the community as we work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19. We also extend gratitude to all of our healthcare workers for your service and dedication in helping to protect public health.

To read the modified order, visit

The City of Cottonwood will be assessing how this order affects future plans and will issue updates as decisions are made. For more information please call 928-634-5526.

Letter to Cottonwood Businesses in Response to Governor’s Order

July 1, 2020

Re: COVID-19 Safety Requirements

To Whom It May Concern,

As you are aware, the Governor has issued Executive Orders (2020-36, 2020-40, and 2020-43) regarding the latest developments and safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These orders specifically state that businesses must update their policies to contain the spread of COVID-19. Businesses shall update, adhere to, and enforce written policies in accordance with EO 2020-36 that adopt CDC, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and ADHS guidelines.

As of 8 p.m. on June 29, 2020, the Governor issued an order to pause operations of bars, indoor gyms, fitness clubs and centers, indoor movie theaters, water parks and tubing rentals (EO 2020-43). Additionally, all businesses shall adhere to and provide adequate safety measures to comply with the requirements listed in the below links:

The City of Cottonwood believes in educating businesses regarding these measures, however, due to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections in Arizona and the Verde Valley, continued non-compliance will result in enforcement action being taken by the City, as outlined in the Governor’s Executive Orders. The Department of Liquor Licenses and Control may also take enforcement action on establishments under their jurisdiction who do not comply with these measures. To report a violation please call 928-340-2739. Guidance about the Executive Orders from the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control can be found at the following links:

On June 19th the Mayor of the City of Cottonwood issued an Emergency Proclamation requiring the wearing of face coverings for any person over the age of three (3) within the City Limits. Exceptions to this requirement are included and can be found at the following link:

Your cooperation in helping to contain the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our community safe is appreciated. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact City Officials at 928-634-5526.


Scott Ellis, Community Development Director, 928-634-5505

Ron Corbin, City Manager, 928-634-5526

Governor’s order pauses operations of gyms and bars, prohibits mass gatherings

June 29, 2020

COTTONWOOD, AZ – Effective 8 p.m. today, all indoor gyms and bars with a Series 6 or 7 license must close to the public. All mass gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited. To view Governor Ducey’s order visit

At this time the City of Cottonwood will continue to keep City facilities open with the exception of the Community Recreation Center, which must now temporarily close the indoor facility. The outdoor pool will remain open for lap swimming. More details on the outdoor pool are forthcoming.

The City of Cottonwood will be assessing how this order affects future plans and will issue updates as decisions are made. For more information please call 928-634-5526.


Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan

June 17, 2020

  • PHOENIX — Following COVID-19 case increases and hospitalizations, Governor Doug Ducey today announced enhanced actions to contain the spread of the virus and protect Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. The announced actions build on Arizona’s substantial efforts to boost testing, expand contact tracing, secure PPE for health care and frontline workers, fast-track resources to the most affected areas and more. 

    View this information in Spanish HERE.

    Additional actions announced today include:

    • Continuing to boost diagnostic testing, including expanding rapid testing capability;
    • Amplifying contact tracing in partnership with counties, including utilizing National Guard assets and providing additional resources to counties;
    • Increasing awareness of distancing and face-covering guidelines, including authorizing local governments to implement enhanced mitigation measures;
    • Continuing to focus on long-term care settings, including providing $10 million for additional PPE and face masks;
    • And enhancing guidance for establishments to limit congregating and enforce mitigation policies. 
  • “We remain one hundred percent focused on protecting public health and saving lives,” said Governor Ducey. “As we continue to expand testing and prioritize our most vulnerable populations, today’s stepped-up actions will help further contain the spread of COVID-19 by requiring enhanced compliance with public health guidelines, expanding contact tracing, and providing additional resources to boost local public health efforts. We need to redouble our efforts and we need everyone to do their part. We will continue to closely track the data, work with officials around the state and make this our highest priority.”

    Continuing to boost testing
    Diagnostic testing in Arizona continues to ramp up, with the most tests conducted on a single day occurring on June 9 (14,106). Over 80 sites across the state of Arizona offer diagnostic testing for COVID-19, and growing. In addition, today’s announcement includes a new partnership with Arizona State University to scale up saliva-based testing developed by the university. The less invasive test will allow for more rapid and accurate results while requiring less PPE, facilitating greater usage at workplaces and health care facilities. The state also has partnered with the University of Arizona to provide 250,000 serology tests to health care and public safety workers and expand antibody testing for correctional officers.

    Amplifying contact tracing
    Governor Ducey today signed an Executive Order to ensure county public health officers have the support, tools and resources to carry out robust contact tracing. The order provides authority to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to implement a consistent, statewide system for case investigation and contact tracing and makes available up to 300 Arizona National Guard members to boost manpower for contact tracing efforts. In addition, AHDS is providing more than $37 million to enhance contact tracing locally and statewide.

    Increasing awareness of distancing and face-covering guidelines
    Following outbreaks in select parts of the state, including along the southern border and in northeastern counties, ADHS today released updated guidance allowing local governments to implement mask and face-covering policies and determine enforcement measures. The guidance allows local authorities to tailor mitigation efforts specific to the local public health need.

    Governor Ducey also announced an expanded education campaign to make Arizonans aware of public health guidelines. All Arizonans should continue to stay physically distant, stay home when sick and wear face masks.

    Continuing to focus on long-term care settings and vulnerable populations
    Arizona has placed a high priority on long-term care and nursing facilities, including recently completing testing of all residents in these settings. The Governor also announced today an additional $10 million for more masks and PPE in long-term care facilities to contain and mitigate spread of COVID-19. ADHS will continue to partner with health facilities to prioritize continued testing of all residents and staff.

    Enhancing guidance to limit congregating
    Arizona’s Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order issued on May 12 requires businesses and other entities operating in the state to implement health and safety plans to protect workers and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Updated guidance issued today by ADHS requires specific health measures be taken by establishments, including:

    • Physically distancing of 6 feet;
    • Providing employees with face-coverings and requiring usage;
    • Conducting symptom checks for all employees before shifts; 
    • Requiring sick employees to stay home;
    • And increasing the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning and disinfecting. 
  • Local law enforcement will have authority for enforcement of these guidelines.

    View today’s Executive Order HERE.

    View requirements for businesses HERE.

    View requirements for restaurants and bars providing dine-in services HERE.