Updated: September 18, 2020 at 3:35 p.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 wash & sanitize hands regularly. Ambassadors 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, including Health & Safety signage for businesses to print and post immediately.
  • 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:

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. Click here for the full news release.

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.


View additional COVID-19 Government Updates here.



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 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 Poison and Drug Information Center | 1-844-542-8201

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



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.


Downtown Tucson Partnership | Printable Resources

University of Arizona | Printable Resources

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


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

City of Tucson | We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund:

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

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:



Health & Safety

CDC – What To Do If You Are Sick

CDC – Protect Your Home

CDC – Protect Your Family

Pima County Health Department Daily Video Updates

City of Tucson 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

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 Symphony Orchestra



DTP COVID-19 Email Updates:

September 8: Downtown Gets Ready for You!

August 28: More Great Places for Outdoor Dining, Who’s Open Downtown and More!

August 21: Downtown Tucson is Getting Ready for You!

August 13: UArizona Campus Reentry Update and Pima Ready for You

August 5: Downtown Rebound and Outdoor Café Grants Still Available!

July 2: Pima County Ready for You, Safety Communications Resources, Wear a Mask and DTP Grant Programs

June 25: Deadline is TODAY, June 25 – Order Your PPE Now!

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.