Updated: July 2, 2020 at 11:20 a.m.

Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) is taking all health and safety precautions during this time. Our priority is the health and well being of downtown residents, employees, and visitors. As the COVID-19 threat rapidly evolves, it is important that our downtown community is aware of changes pertaining to health and hygiene, along with changes in hours and operation of businesses, performing arts, cultural institutions, public offices, and public transportation. In an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and minimize the long-term disruption of downtown activities, we encourage members of the community to follow the guidance of health and government officials.

We have compiled information and resources to help keep you informed.

Here are the measures we’re taking to protect our staff and support our community:

  • Partner with Pima County to distribute PPE to downtown Business Improvement District merchants.
  • Partner with Pima County to provide two new Downtown Grant Programs for downtown Business Improvement District merchants.
  • Implemented the DTP Gift Card Incentive Program, generating $308,000 between April 3 and June 12 for over 60 downtown businesses.
  • Our maintenance and safety ambassadors continue to be on the streets of downtown 24/7 maintaining a heightened level of sanitation and safety for all while maintaining social distancing. All staff is required to wear masks, gloves and are using hospital grade disinfectant on all trash receptacles, hand washing stations and high contact touch points throughout the Business Improvement District.
  • Initiate the ‘While you were out’ program for downtown businesses and property owners.
  • All administrative staff are required to work from home, and we are advising high-risk employees to stay home. Our offices are currently closed to the public.
  • We have temporarily suspended programming in Jácome Plaza.
  • We have created a COVID-19 resource page on our website with new information daily and quick links to resources.
  • We have created a COVID-19 infographic for use by and distribution to downtown businesses. The infographic is also implemented on public signage downtown.
  • We are sending frequent updates to our stakeholders. Visit our DTP COVID-19 Email Updates section below for recent mailings.
  • We are polling downtown businesses to find out if they are open or closed, if they are providing special offers, gift certificates, online shopping and/or have delivery capabilities. We will promote this information through several new webpages. We are also promoting through our social media ( Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn ) and looking to partner with other local organizations to boost downtown’s reach to locals.

 

Latest Government Updates:

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: “[A]ny 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 211Arizona.org.

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

 

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center is now available to take COVID-19 calls from Arizona providers and the general public: 1-844-542-8201

211 Arizona is now available to take COVID-19 calls (English and Spanish) and will provide important information to the public. The line will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day of the week and can be reached while an individual is located in Arizona: 2-1-1

 

Resources:

Pima County and City of Tucson

Pima County Health Department Updates

Pima County Health Daily Video Updates

City of Tucson COVID-19 Updates

Mayor Regina Romero’s Video Messages & Updates

 

State of Arizona

2-1-1 Arizona COVID-19 Hotline (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day of the week while in AZ) | 211Arizona.org

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)

Arizona Together Resources

 

National and Worldwide

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Coronavirus (COVID-19)

World Health Organization (WHO): Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

 

Travelers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travelers and travel related industries

Visit Tucson Information and Resources for Travelers

 

Small Businesses, Restaurants & Nonprofits

Downtown Tucson Partnership urges all businesses and restaurants to display information that encourages people to follow good hygiene practices to keep the community safe. A printable flyer from the CDC is available for download in English and Spanish.

Marketing

Download the Prevent the Spread infographic for your website, email communications and social media | 11″x17″ sign for windows (PDF)

Download the Prevent the Spread infographic sized for your Instagram Stories

COX Media | Ask the Experts webinar series

Facebook for Business: Business Resource Hub

Yelp: COVID-19 Response and Support for Local Businesses

Startup Tucson: Startup Market – Add Your Product or Service

Modern Restaurant Management: Checklist For Reopening Your Restaurant

Financial

Downtown Tucson Partnership + Pima County Back-to-Business | Downtown Rebound Grant Program

Downtown Tucson Partnership + Pima County Back-to-Business | Downtown Outdoor Cafe Grant Program

City of Tucson + Pima County | The City of Tucson, Pima County and Hownd Invite You to Reopen to More Customers at No Cost

Tucson Metro Chamber: COVID-19 News and Resources

Arizona Commerce Authority: Arizona Small Business Boot Camp & Collective | Reopening retail safely, loan forgiveness guidance and more

City of Tucson, Office of Economic Initiatives: Connect Tucson COVID-19 Resources | Small Business Hotline at (520) 837-4100

Community Investment Corporation (CIC): COVID-19 Response

U.S. Small Business Administration Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Rio Nuevo District: Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan Process Assistance

U.S. Chamber: Coronavirus resource page

Local First Arizona: Committed to Arizona Businesses resources

Facebook: Small Business Grants Program

GoFundMe: Small Business Relief Initiative and Fund

Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern Arizona: Pivot Grant to fund artistic projects or programming which have been adapted to alternative methods of sharing (i.e. virtual, digital, socially distant)

Safe Workplaces

DTP & TPD: Keeping Your Business Safe and Financially Sound During the COVID-19 Crisis

CDC’s Guidelines on Keeping Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations Clean

OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor | Wages, Hours and Leave:

 

Residents

Health & Safety

CDC – What To Do If You Are Sick

CDC – Protect Your Home

CDC – Protect Your Family

Pima County Health Daily Video Updates

Mayor Regina Romero’s Video Messages & Updates

2-1-1 Arizona 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.

Pima County Community Action Agency Hotline: 520-724-2505 – The line will answer questions regarding the COVID-19 Rental Eviction Assistance Program that is funded through the Arizona Department of Housing and the status of an application, provide forms that are required for processing, offer direction and assistance to submit pending information, and direct applicants to other resources.

Pima County – What Tenants Need to Know During COVID-19

Visit our Wellness & Entertainment Guide for more mental health and exercise resources.

Employment Assistance

Pima Works | Community Services, Employment and Training (CSET), One-Stop Career Center | Dislocated worker hotline – (520) 724-5735

Now Hiring #C19AZ | Find a job with Arizona employers hiring now and resources to help you navigate career change in this time of uncertainty.

Essentials & Services

The City of Tucson Service Impacts Hotline – (520) 791-2540

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Pima County Animal Care Center: Area shelters urge pet owners to make plans

Visit our Essentials, Shopping & Services Guide for downtown area essentials

 

 

Performing Arts and Cultural Institution Closures

These downtown museums, performing arts venues, libraries and cultural institutions are closed or have postponed events until further notice. Visit their websites for the most up-to-date information. Visit How You Can Help to support several of these nonprofits.

Arizona Theatre Company

Armory Park Center

Children’s Museum Tucson

Fox Tucson Theatre

Pima County Public Library | Joel D. Valdez Main Library

Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum

Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum

St. Augutine Cathedral | Diocese of Tucson

The Rialto Theatre

Tucson Convention Center

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

 

 

DTP COVID-19 Email Updates:

June 22: PPE Order Deadline this Thursday, June 25!

June 19: Face Coverings Now Mandatory, Father’s Day Specials Downtown, Juneteenth and Pima County Partners with DTP

June 18: Attention Businesses: New DTP Grants, Free PPE, and Survey Results

May 29: Take the Community Outreach Survey + Final Round of the DTP Gift Card Incentive Program

May 21: DTP Gift Card Incentive Program – Round 8 Tomorrow at Noon!

May 14: Lunch Hour Round of DTP Gift Card Incentive Program – Tomorrow at Noon!

May 11: Pima County Guidance for Reopening Businesses

May 7: Gift Card Happy Hour Round, State Guidance for Reopening and Mother’s Day Specials

April 30: DTP Releases THIRD Round of Gift Cards with Help from HSL Properties

April 23: Round 5 Goin’ Live TOMORROW, Thanks to our Ambassadors and More

April 21: DTP Releases FOURTH Round of Gift Cards with Help Again from HSL Properties

April 15: DTP Releases THIRD Round of Gift Cards with Help from HSL Properties

April 9: DTP Releases Second Round of Gift Cards

April 7: Support Downtown Tucson Nonprofits, Retailers and Restaurants

April 3: DTP Infuses Cash Into the Downtown Community

March 27: Mayor Romero Announces new City of Tucson Actions to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

March 27: Keeping Your Business Safe and Financially Sound During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 25: COVID-19 Update from Downtown Tucson Partnership

March 20: FREE Takeout Parking Zones Now Available Downtown!

March 19: Food & Business Guide During COVID-19

March 18: Resource Page Now Available

March 18: Get On Our List and Market Your Business

March 17: City Declares Local Emergency

March 13: Stay Safe and Support Downtown Businesses

 

 

If you have additional information regarding event cancellations, changes in business hours or closures, or other specifics that would be helpful to the downtown community, please email us at info@downtowntucson.org.