COVID-19 Government Updates

View the latest (from top to bottom) government updates below including State of Arizona, Pima County and City of Tucson advisories, Proclamations and Executive Orders.


Latest Government Updates:

July 23, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey today extended an executive order pausing operations on gyms, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing. The order also prohibits large events and enables local law authorities to take immediate enforcement action to ensure compliance with the order. The pause of these operations will be reviewed for repeal or revision every two weeks. Click here for the full news release. Click here for the full executive order.

July 9, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey today announced additional actions to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the signing of an Executive Order that requires restaurants with indoor seating to operate at less than 50 percent capacity.

June 29, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey today signed an Executive Order to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals. The pause of these business operations takes effect at 8:00 p.m. today, Monday, June 29 and is in effect for one month. Click here for the full news release. Click here for the full executive order.

June 19, 2020 – Pima County Supervisors enact Countywide face mask rule. The rule is effective immediately and applies to everyone over the age of 5. It’s applicable in all public places, which are defined as: “Any place, indoor or outdoor, that is open to the public and includes, but is not limited to, businesses or other establishments where people assemble or members of the general public may enter; offices; public buildings, highways and parks, and public transportation including taxis and ride sharing.” Click here for more information.

June 18, 2020 – Mayor Romero amended her emergency proclamation to require Tucsonans age two years of age or older to wear a face covering when in a public setting where continuous physical distancing is difficult or impossible. Businesses whose employees interact with the public must require employees to wear face coverings. The mask wearing requirement goes into effect at 6:00 am Saturday morning. Click here for the full Proclamation.

May 21, 2020 – Proclamation of the Pima County Board of Supervisors Regarding a State of Emergency Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak, Establishing Measures for Reopening of Certain Businesses and Activities. Click here for more information.

May 15, 2020 – Mayor Regina Romero extended the local emergency declaration in the City of Tucson through June 8th, with the option to modify as deemed necessary. Click here for the full Proclamation.

May 12, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey today announced that the Stay At Home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. Click here for the full news release. Click here for the full Executive Order.

May 11, 2020 – Pima County issues direction to restaurants for dine-in service beginning May 11. Click here for the full news release.

Pima County has established the Back to Business (B2B) recovery effort to assist businesses, employees, and the public to prepare for phase one reopening, in line with the Governor’s timeline. Listed below are a series of guidelines and best practices on how to safely reopen your businesses from Pima County.

May 4, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services this Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, May 11. The Governor’s Office also released additional guidelines to keep customers and employees safe. Click here for the full news release. Click here for the full Executive Order.

Here are dates and guidance from Governor Ducey for businesses:

  • Tuesday, May 4, 2020: Retail businesses can resume partial operations, including curbside delivery (RETAIL GUIDANCE PDF)
  • Friday, May 8, 2020: Retail Businesses can resume partial in-person operations (RETAIL GUIDANCE PDF)
  • Friday, May 8, 2020: Cosmetologists and barber shops can resume appointment-based services (SERVICES GUIDANCE PDF)
  • Monday, May 11, 2020: Restaurants and coffee shops can resume dine-in services, with safety measures (RESTAURANT GUIDANCE PDF)
  • The Governor announced he will provide updated guidance for gyms and pools in the days ahead.

May 1, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey and ADHS released guidelines for retail businesses and customers as openings resume next week. Click here for the full news release. Click here for a PDF version of Guidance for Retail.

April 30, 2020 – Mayor Regina Romero extends proclamation to coincide with Governor Ducey’s executive order.

April 29, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey today announced an extension of physical distancing measures while laying out a step-by-step approach to continue reenergizing Arizona’s economy. The Governor today issued an Executive Order extending Arizona’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order until May 15, 2020. Click here for the full news release.

April 29, 2020 – Statement from Flagstaff Mayor Evans, Phoenix Mayor Gallego, and Tucson Mayor Romero: Arizona Should Follow CDC Guidelines on Reopening. Click here for the news release.

April 20, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey outlines next steps of “Stay Connected” Order. Click here for the story by KGUN 9.

April 17, 2020  Mayor Regina Romero signs Proclamation declaring continuing local emergency. Click here for the full Proclamation.

April 8, 2020 – Mayor Regina Romero has temporarily authorized Tucson restaurants to sell packaged food, fresh produce, paper goods, and cleaning supplies to customers without changes to current Certificates of Occupancy or Business Licenses. Consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-25 issued yesterday, the policy will be assessed for renewal every two weeks. Click here for the full news release from Mayor Regina Romero’s Office.

April 6, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for the news release from Governor Doug Ducey’s Office. Click here for the full Executive Order.

April 3, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey’s office released additional guidance on essential services and recreational activities. If not already closed, the following services shall cease operations no later than 5 p.m. on April 4, 2020: Barbers, Cosmetology, Hairstyling, Nail Salons and Aesthetic Salons, Tanning salons, Tattoo parlors, Spas and Massage parlors. Click here for more information.

March 30, 2020 – The latest Executive Order issued today by Governor Doug Ducey follows new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes at the recommendation of public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The Governor’s order promotes increased physical distancing, while encouraging social connectedness among citizens. It takes place at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, March 31, 2020. Click here for the news release from Governor Doug Ducey’s Office. Click here for the full Executive Order.

March 27, 2020 – Mayor Romero Announces new City of Tucson Actions to Slow the Spread of COVID-19.The proclamation orders businesses not deemed “essential,” as defined by Governor Ducey’s Executive Order issued on Monday, to close effective 8 am Saturday, March 28th, and to remain closed through April 17th, at which time the Mayor will consider whether an extension of the order is necessary. Click here for the full proclamation. View our recent mailing for an executive summary.

March 24, 2020 – Mayor Romero joins Arizona Mayors in letter to Governor Ducey requesting statewide direction on “Non-essential” functions. The letter follows a new executive order issued yesterday by Governor Ducey defining what are to be considered “essential” functions, businesses, and operations.  Click here for the Letter from Mayor Regina Romero.

March 22, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey announced the launch of a new statewide COVID-19 Hotline. The line will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day of the week and can be reached  by dialing 2-1-1 while an individual is located in Arizona. Click here to visit

March 19, 2020 – Governor Doug Ducey announced additional mitigation strategies to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. Click here for more details.

March 19, 2020 – Pima County Board of Supervisors Pass Emergency Declaration Affecting Bars, Restaurants and other Businesses. Click here for more details.

March 17, 2020 – The City of Tucson has taken the following measures: Mayor Romero made the following statement declaring a local emergency and announcing a new set of actions the City of Tucson will be taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and preserve public health:  “This morning, after consulting with business stakeholders, the City Attorney, and City Manager, I have made the determination that it is in the best interest of maintaining public health to suspend dine-in services in restaurants and food courts, and transition to delivery/pick-up only services. Bars, gyms, and other specific venues stated in the proclamation where groups of people congregate are directed to be closed through the end of the month.” Click here for the media release from the Mayor’s office. Click here for the full Proclamation.