Proclamations & Executive Orders
July 28 - Masks Required in City Facilities
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the community, the city of Flagstaff will require face coverings in city facilities starting at 6 a.m. on July 30. This requirement includes those who are fully vaccinated.
This change is in alignment with recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that vaccinated individuals “wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” The CDC has designated Coconino County as an area with “substantial transmission.”
This requirement only applies to city facilities and does not apply to private businesses or establishments. Private businesses and establishments still have the ability to require mask wearing inside their business.
May 26 - Mask Proclamation Rescinded
Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy announced his intention to rescind the city’s face covering proclamation at the City Council meeting on May 25. The proclamation went into effect June 20, 2020 and will end May 26. Face coverings are still required on public transportation, at the airport and other areas required by federal law. While the face covering proclamation was rescinded, businesses can still require face coverings and social distancing on private property. During the meeting, the City Council also provided direction to lift the capacity limits on outdoor, city owned sports fields effective May 26.
“The city of Flagstaff has worked to follow science and the recommendations of public health officials throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Paul Deasy. “Vaccinations are widely available across Arizona and our COVID-19 case numbers have had a steady decline. Rescinding this proclamation is an important next step. We will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and our local health departments and urge our residents to do the same.”
Face coverings are still required inside city buildings under Phase 3 of the city’s COVID-19 Re-entry Plan. The City Council will hold a discussion on additional COVID-19 restrictions at the June 1 meeting.
March 25 - Governor Issues Executive Order on COVID-19 Restrictions
Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances in Executive Order 2021-06.
March 5, 2021 - Governor Issues Executive Order on Occupancy Limits
December 2, 2020 - Governor Issues Executive Orders on Vaccine Accessibility, Outdoor Dining and Events
- An Executive Order ensuring Arizonans can receive the vaccine without any financial barriers.
- An Executive Order providing temporary extensions to restaurant premises after approval from the local governing body for outdoor dining.
- An Executive Order on the mitigation requirements for special events.
For more information on these three executive orders, please read the press release from the Governor's Office.
August 10, 2020 - Governor's Phased Re-Opening of Paused Industries
Today, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released guidelines for an eventual reopening for paused businesses. Read the Governor's press release.
These guidelines include public health data benchmarks that will help determine when paused businesses may reopen. The benchmarks classify counties into Minimal, Moderate, and Substantial transmission categories, which will determine how paused businesses may reopen within those counties. This new "COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses (PDF)" provides an overview of what these benchmarks mean for business operations.
Before reopening, businesses in counties with Minimal or Moderate transmission must submit an attestation form stating that they are in compliance. The attestation form must be posted in a visible location in the facility that they comply with newly released, industry-specific guidelines, released today. The ADHS requirements for each business type, as well as the dashboard for county transmission category (Minimal, Moderate, or Substantial) can be found at the ADHS website.
July 23, 2020 - Governor Issues an Executive Order Entitled "Continuation of Executive Order 2020-43"
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issues an Executive Order (PDF) extending the 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.
July 16, 2020 - Governor Issues an Executive Order Entitled "Continued Postponement of Eviction Enforcement Actions"
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order (PDF) extending the delaying of enforcement of eviction actions for renters impacted by COVID-19. To qualify, eligible renters will need to notify their landlord or property owner of a hardship of COVID-19 in writing and request a payment plan. After August 21, renters will need to provide their landlord or property owner a copy of their completed pending application for rental assistance through a state, city, county or nonprofit program.
July 9, 2020 - Governor Issues an Executive Order Entitled "Reducing the Risk, Slowing the Spread - Limiting Indoor Dining"
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order (PDF) that requires restaurants with indoor seating to operate at less than 50% capacity.
June 29, 2020 - Governor Issues an Executive Order Entitled "Pausing of Arizona's Reopening"
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order (PDF) 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 pm today, Monday, June 29 and is in effect for one month.
June 29, 2020 - Governor Issues an Executive Order Entitled "Protecting Public Health for Teachers and Students"
Arizona Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order (PDF) delaying the first day of school for in-person learning until August 17, 2020. Schools will be able to conduct distance learning should they choose before then.
June 18, 2020 - Face Coverings in Public Spaces
The Flagstaff City Mayor, Coral Evans has updated the Emergency Proclamation issued March 16 (PDF) to include the requirement to wear face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. This proclamation is effective starting June 20, 2020 at 8 pm and will continue until further notice, unless repealed or revised by the Mayor or authority is preempted by the Governor of the State of Arizona under paragraph 7 of his Executive Order 2020-40.
For the purposes of this proclamation, "public place" means any place the public is allowed, including but not limited to businesses and outdoor spaces. Public Place includes but is not limited to restaurants, bars, theaters, libraries, museums, gymnasiums, fitness centers, grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, nursing homes, shelters, etc. For a full list, see the body of the proclamation.
Each person five years of age and older must wear a face covering when in a public place in the city of Flagstaff, except as follows:
- When able to maintain adequate social distancing;
- When that person cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition, mental health condition or developmental disability, or is unable to remove the face covering without assistance. No proof of a medical order or directive is required except that an employer may require such documentation from an employee in accordance with state and federal law;
- When a person's religious beliefs prevent the person from wearing a face covering.
- When a person is eating or drinking in a public place;
- When a person's use of a face covering is exempted under any federal, state, or local laws and regulations, including but not limited to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and standards;
- When a person is in a setting where it is not practical or feasible to wear a face covering, such as when receiving or rendering emergency, medical or dental services and treatments or while swimming.
Social distancing recommendations of the CDC remain the most effective tool to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; hence, face coverings are not a replacement for adhering to social distancing and hygiene practices.
In compliance with Executive Order Number 2020-40, enforcement of this proclamation shall focus first on education and providing guidance issued by the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services to promote the health and safety as well as to further contain the spread of COVID-19. Individuals shall also be given an opportunity to comply with the proclamation before any enforcement action is taken. Continued failure to comply with an emergency proclamation is a misdemeanor under A.R.S. Section 26-317.
Private businesses and venues shall enforce this proclamation by asking any person failing to comply with the emergency proclamation to leave their premises. Business owners are not liable for members of the public who are in violation of this proclamation and refuse to leave their establishment when asked.
June 17, 2020 - Governor Issues Executive Order - Containing the Spread of COVID-19 Continuing Arizona Mitigation Efforts
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order entitled "Containing the Spread of COVID-19 Continuing Arizona Mitigation Efforts (PDF)" which includes enhanced actions to contain the spread of the virus and protect Arizona's most vulnerable residents.
May 12, 2020 - Governor Issues Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that Arizona's Stay At Home order will be ending on May 15 and will be replaced by new guidelines outlined in the "Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger (PDF)" executive order.
May 4, 2020 - Governor Issues Guidance for Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Barbers & Cosmetologists
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order entitled "Building on COVID-19 Success (PDF)" that outlines the next steps Arizona will take to gradually loosen restrictions. The Executive Order allows cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services on Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, May 11.
April 29, 2020 - Governor Issues Extension of Stay at Home Order with Modifications
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order entitled "Return Stronger (PDF)", which amends the previous "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" Executive Order. Under the order, retail businesses currently not operating can begin curbside pick-up on Monday, May 4, followed by expanded in-person operations on Friday, May 8 as long as they implement social distancing and sanitation measures established by the United States Department of Labor or the Arizona Department of Health Services.
April 8, 2020 - Park Amenity Closures
Effective April 8, 2020, park spaces and amenities at City parks will be closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city recognizes the importance of these outdoor amenities; however, the safety of the public, staff and the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 are the highest priority. The following parks and City amenities will be closed until further notice:
- Dog parks - two in total located at Thorpe Park and Bushmaster Park
- Tennis Courts - 17 courts in total
- Skate Parks - two in total located at Bushmaster Park and Foxglenn Park
- BMX Park - one in total located in Sunnyside along Izabel Street
At this time, disc golf courses will remain open as well as baseball and softball fields. Trails and grass areas remain open for walking, hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation that can be done with responsible social and physical distancing.
April 8, 2020 - Increased Restrictions for Certain Out-of-state Travelers
In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order to increase quarantine guidelines for out-of-state travelers entering Arizona. Under the Executive Order, anyone who travels to Arizona from an area with substantial community spread through any airport in the state must isolate or quarantine themselves upon arrival for 14 days.
April 3, 2020 - Governor Issues Additional Guidance on Essential Services
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued additional guidance on essential services, closing services including barbershops, nail and aesthetic salons, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, spas, and massage therapist services.
March 31, 2020 - Playground Closures
Effective April 1, 2020, the playgrounds, swing sets, rockers, ramadas, picnic tables and barbecue grills at all parks, the outdoor fitness center located at Bushmaster Park and the Parcourse Stations at Buffalo Park will be closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city recognizes the importance of these outdoor amenities; however, the safety of the public, staff and the effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 are the highest priority.
All parks, FUTS trails and protected open space are still open for walking, hiking, biking and other outdoor recreation that can be done with responsible social and physical distancing. Help the community and city by practicing social and physical distancing at the tennis and basketball courts, ball fields, multipurpose fields, dog parks, skate parks and other amenities that remain open.
March 30, 2020 - Governor Issues Stay Home Executive Order
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order entitled Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected; Physical Distancing to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission. Please see the State of Arizona Executive Order (PDF) for more information.
March 26, 2020 - Expanded Closures & Cancellations
The Flagstaff City Mayor, Coral Evans has issued a proclamation deemed necessary for the protection of life and property in the city of Flagstaff. This proclamation removes the end date of April 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm in her previous proclamation, continuing the proclamation closures until further notice to comply with the Governor's Executive Order. This proclamation also expands the existing closure to include hair salons, nail salons, beauty parlors or similar businesses and establishments. This proclamation is effective March 26, 2020 at 8 pm, continuing until further notice.
The restrictions do not apply to any of the following:
- Grocery stores, markets, convenience stores and other similar businesses and establishments that offer food and beverage not for on-premises consumption; Pharmacies and drug stores; Food banks and food pantries; Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within health care facilities, nursing homes, shelters, group homes, places of worship, or similar facilities; and Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within or on the premises of institutions of higher learning; Vendors and concessionaries located within the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.
The current public health crisis related to COVID-19 is being monitored as it is evolving and additional regulations may be forthcoming as needed.
Please see Mayor Coral Evans's proclamation on expanded closures and cancellations (PDF) within Flagstaff city limits for more information.
March 18, 2020 - Additional Guidance for Hotels
On March 16, the Flagstaff City Mayor, Coral Evans issued a proclamation deemed necessary for the protection of life and property in the city of Flagstaff closing a number of businesses and establishments to members of the public. This proclamation is effective March 17, 2020 at 8 pm through April 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
Hotels and motels may remain open and continue to operate during this time period with several conditions. Pursuant to the March 16 proclamation, businesses are prohibited from serving food and beverages for consumption on premises and members of the public are prohibited from entering and remaining to dine or consume beverages. The purpose is social distancing to prevent groups of people from congregating in eating areas. Accordingly, hotels and motels may continue to serve breakfast or other meals, but consumers must pick up their food and leave the area before consuming it. Any dining areas within the hotel or motel, such as a breakfast seating area, must be closed.
Hotels and motels are also prohibited from operating pools, fitness or recreation areas during this time period. Pursuant to the March 16 proclamation, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, yoga and barre studios, and other similar facilities must be closed.
March 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Closures & Cancellations
The Flagstaff City Mayor, Coral Evans has issued a proclamation deemed necessary for the protection of life and property in the city of Flagstaff closing a number of businesses and establishments to members of the public. This proclamation is effective March 17, 2020 at 8 pm through April 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
All restaurants, food courts, cafes, coffeehouses, retail food facilities, and other similar businesses and establishments are prohibited from serving food and beverages for consumption on premises. Members of the public are prohibited from entering and remaining to dine or consume beverages. Businesses that typically offer food and beverages for on-premises consumption are instead encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery, window, drive-through or drive-up service. If a business chooses to offer this type of "to-go" service, members of the public may remain on its premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders.
The proclamation also closes the following:
- Bars, taverns, brew pubs, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries, tasting rooms, special licensees, clubs, and other similar businesses and establishments offering alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption.
- Theaters, cinemas, and indoor and outdoor performance venues.
- Libraries and museums.
- Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, yoga and barre studios, and other similar facilities.
- Bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor climbing facilities, skating rinks, and other similar recreational or entertainment facilities.
The restrictions do not apply to any of the following:
- Grocery stores, markets, convenience stores and other similar businesses and establishments that offer food and beverage not for on-premises consumption;
- Pharmacies and drug stores;
- Food banks and food pantries;
- Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within health care facilities, nursing homes, shelters, group homes, places of worship, or similar facilities; and
- Cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within or on the premises of institutions of higher learning.
- Vendors and concessionaires located within the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport.
For the duration of these restrictions, the City of Flagstaff downtown paid parking program (Park Flag) will be suspended.
Please see Mayor Coral Evans's proclamation on closures and cancellations (PDF) within Flagstaff city limits for more information.
March 15, 2020 - City of Flagstaff Emergency Proclamation
Mayor Coral Evans issued an Emergency Proclamation on March 15. Please see the City of Flagstaff Emergency Proclamation (PDF) for more information related to COVID-19.